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How do you make the most of nesting for your shared children?

You and your current spouse know you want to end your marriage, but you may feel uncertain about how to raise your kids during divorce. Could nesting work?

Psychology Today explores nesting and what divorcing parents should consider when deciding whether to nest for their children. Get the facts on supporting your kids during a major transition.

Reasons to consider nesting

Depending on how you and your current partner feel about each other right now, one of you could want to move out of your marital home. By remaining in the house together with your kids, you provide them with stability and a chance to navigate the changes divorce brings. You and the other parent may help your shared children feel more secure and experience peace of mind by nesting.

Different ways of nesting

Nesting could become an easier pill to swallow if you focus more on the goal and less on the living arrangement. Some nesting parents stay with relatives or friends, and others have a shared off-site apartment. You and the other parent may work out a living situation that works most favorably for you, but throughout everything, focus on steps to take to reduce stress and give your kids a stable, loving environment.

Creating a plan for nesting

Once you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse decide on your nesting living arrangements, consider other details of your nesting plan. For instance, decide how to handle communication, consider what conflicts you may encounter and think about how many contacts you and the other parent want with each other.

When you have all the facts about nesting, you and the other parent make a well-informed decision for yourselves and your children. Hopefully, you now have a better idea of whether the living arrangement could work for your situation.