As parents going through divorce, you likely wonder what sort of living arrangement you should set up in the meantime. Perhaps you want to co-parent together, but you currently do not feel you have it in you to live in the same home with your co-parent.
In these situations, you may want to consider bird nesting instead. This useful option can provide your child with the stability they need while giving you and your co-parent some distance and space.
How does it work?
Divorce Magazine discusses how bird nesting works. It gets its name from the way birds parent their young, allowing the young to stay in the nest until it is time for them to take care of themselves.
In the same way, with bird nesting as a divorce option, you allow your child to stay in the family home full-time instead of bouncing between you and your co-parent’s separate homes. You and your co-parent will take turns living in the family home with your child, instead.
Who does it work for?
Of course, this takes a level of trust between you and your co-parent, that you can leave each other alone and unattended in the family home and can trust each other to respect one another’s property and space.
It also relies on a level of financial stability, as you will essentially need the ability to afford two separate homes. You cannot live in the family home when your co-parent resides there, so you need a secondary location to stay.
If you think you can make this work with all of the requirements, you may want to discuss the option with legal help to learn more.