Divorce is the legal process of separating yourself from your spouse, but as much as it is a legal process, it is also an emotional one. Though you may be feeling stressed, angry, and sad, your children are also feeling the pressure -- perhaps even more than you are. Many children do not understand divorce, especially if they are young. One of the hardest things for children is adapting to all of the changes that take place so quickly during a divorce, such as their living arrangements and shared parenting time. One type of parenting agreement that many modern parents have flocked to is called a “nesting” parenting arrangement.
What Is a Nesting Agreement?
Nesting arrangements are aptly named; in one of these types of parenting agreements, the “nest” is the family home. The children continue to reside in the family home like they did while the parents were still married, and the parents are the ones who take turns coming and going. Nesting arrangements allow for minimal disruption to children’s lives and are most commonly used as a transitional type of parenting arrangement until the parents agree on a more permanent schedule.
Benefits of a Nesting Agreement
Nesting arrangements have become more popular with divorcing parents in recent years, because they offer a wide range of benefits for many families. One of the main advantages that parents see in nesting arrangements is taking the stress of two households off of the children and placing it on themselves. The children can continue living as they normally would in their own home and do not have to move between households. Children are flexible and can adapt to change, but too many changes at once can have a detrimental effect on them
Nesting arrangements also provide children with a greater sense of stability and security than traditional co-parenting arrangements. In traditional arrangements, the children live in two households and move from home to home on a rotating basis. In nesting arrangements, they still spend time with both parents, but they do not have to change homes.
Unsure of What Type of Parenting Arrangement You Should Choose? Contact a New Lenox, IL Parenting Time Attorney
The thought of shared parenting time can be scary for many parents. You want to be there for every possible second of your child’s life, but when you are a divorced parent, that is not always possible. For parents, one of the primary goals of divorce is making sure the children are negatively impacted by the divorce as little as possible. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we understand how a well-planned out parenting agreement can positively affect children of divorce. Our compassionate Will County parenting time lawyers can help you and your spouse plan out a parenting time agreement that works best for your family, whether that be a nesting arrangement or some other type of agreement. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 815-727-6144.