Almost everyone has heard the term “Nesting”, but they usually associate it with preparing a home during pregnancy. In the context of a divorce or separation, Nesting is when the parties agree that the children (and all of their things) will remain at the primary residence. The parents then come to the home and enjoy their respective parenting time there, while the non-custodial parent leaves for that day/week. As such, the children are impacted as little as possible, since they spend every day and night in their home.
Nesting is not ideal for everyone, and there are instances in which it would be detrimental for the parties to remain so intertwined financially and logistically. However, Nesting can be a good temporary solution for parties when they first separate, or while they are in the process of finalizing their divorce, custody agreement or financial division. It can also be very helpful for parties who need to physically separate, but are unable to sell their primary home off-season, or who may need to keep the children in a certain school district until the end of the year.
Prior to making the decision to try Nesting, it is important to speak with an experienced and qualified Domestic Relations Attorney and determine the implications and logistics of this decision.