The divorce process has changed significantly over the years. 21st Century couples are more willing than previous generations to try new, innovative parenting arrangements in an effort to do what’s best for their kids. While Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin made waves with their decision to “consciously uncouple” in 2014, the latest divorce trend taking the world by storm is birdnesting.
NBC News defines birdnesting as keeping the family home and alternating between who stays there. For example, if you and your ex purchased a home during the course of your marriage, birdnesting would mean you would live at the house for a week with the kids, and then your ex would live at the house for a week with the kids. On weeks where you aren’t “nesting”, you’ll be required to live at your own residence, such as an apartment or condo.
While this might seem like an unusual arrangement, experts say it can help your kids transition to life post-divorce. When a couple splits up, it comes with lots of changes. Generally, one of the biggest is a change of environment for the kids. Birdnesting prevents this abrupt change, allowing your kids to adjust to life with just one parent in a familiar environment.
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