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How nesting may ease children's adjustment to a divorce

Georgia parents who are ending their marriage might be considering joint custody. This is a growing trend with divorced parents as studies increasingly show that children fare better when they spend a significant amount of time with each parent. This builds a stronger relationship between parent and child, but it also means that children's lives are disrupted as they must move back and forth between their parents' homes. As a result, some parents are trying an arrangement called nesting.

With nesting, the children remain in the family home while the parents move in and out. Parents might have their own places, or they might share a place like one couple who rented an apartment near their home. There are some disadvantages with the arrangement including a potential lack of privacy and the possibility of conflict over chores and shopping. However, nesting may also provide children with much-needed stability at a vulnerable time.

In the case of the parents sharing the small apartment, nesting became impractical when one of them met a new partner. However, they said the 18 months they had spent nesting had helped their children adjust. Parents can approach nesting as a temporary arrangement with a plan in place to transition to more traditional joint custody within a year or two of the divorce.

Another advantage of nesting is that it may help parents develop a consistent approach to parenting that will carry on when they are living in separate households. One element of a parenting agreement is creating consistent rules for both households, and this may come more naturally if child custody begins with children and parents in the same home they have always shared.

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