A divorce is very rarely smooth when you have children. Trying to ensure they experience the least amount of disruption in their lives is not an easy task, but some parents in Georgia are using a new idea to help make the transition easier for their children. Birdnesting, according to NBC News, is when the children get the house and live in it full time and the parents move in and out of the house for their visitation time.
This concept can be tricky to actually pull off. It requires complete cooperation between you and your ex-spouse. If you had a contentious divorce, this might be tough. You have to be able to work together and move past things that may get in the way. For example, since you are still sharing the main house, you will have to work together just as you did when married to get chores done and manage the household.
Birdnesting also requires being organized. You need to be able to follow schedules and keep the household moving along even though you are only there part-time.
It also can be financially draining. You have to maintain the family home and then places for you and your ex-spouse to live when you are not in the home. Some couples share an outside apartment where they stay when they are not in the family home. Others get their own apartments. It depends on what works for you financially.
There is no doubt, though, that birdnesting provides stability for the children. They do not have the stress of going back and forth between two homes. It keeps things a little more normal for them, so if you think you can do it, it is worth giving a try. This information is for education and is not legal advice.