Divorce takes a toll on an entire family, which is why many divorcing parents go to great lengths to protect their children’s well-being. A new TV comedy is illustrating one possible solution to minimize the emotional impact – but is this living situation a possibility for real families?
Splitting Up Together
“Splitting Up Together,” starring Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson, illustrates a concept called bird nesting. The term refers to a scenario in which divorced parents keep one home for their children and take turns living there. As you can imagine, there are some big advantages and disadvantages to this setup, which a CNBC article breaks down. Here’s the scoop:
Pros of bird nesting:
- Parents can let the home’s lease expire or let its value increase.
- There is less immediate upheaval for the children.
- The ex-spouses can take extra time to disentangle them from married life.
Cons of bird nesting:
- Complications can arise if the parents’ schedules do not work well together.
- Continuing to maintain a household together can pause the post-divorce healing process.
- Parents will need to address and restructure chores, expenses, and other factors.
Bird nesting isn’t for every family. If the solution is a good fit, however, it can help ease the emotional toll of divorce. In the CNBC article, experts have some tips for making it work. They suggest the parents come up with a clear plan to run the house and decide how long the living situation will last. It’s also critical to make sure the children are comfortable and understand that their divorced parents are not going to get back together.
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At Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, our attorneys have helped clients come up with an appropriate living solution after divorce. We welcome you to call us with any questions or to seek advice on what might work for your family.