Hollywood, the famous neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, may be known for several things, films and movie stars to name a few, but it is currently responsible for spreading a trend among recent divorcees: bird nesting. Bird nesting is when a recently divorced couple agrees to share a common dwelling by alternating living in it with their children. The children remain in the home, while the parents move in and out according with their visitation schedule
Naturally, bird nesting has several benefits that make it appealing. For one, it allows time to pass, especially if couples need to run out the clock due to a devalued property or a lease that's about to expire. Additionally, it gives the separated pair time to settle into the divorce and disentangle themselves from one another. However, the biggest benefit is that it helps the children ease into the divorce, without upsetting their world too much.
The practice has its drawbacks, however. It is possible that both parties might have scheduling conflicts that might end up hurting the children. Also, unless the couple sets clear ground rules from the beginning, both financial and personal, conflicts are bound to arise.
Consequently, it is imperative that both parents do everything in their power to ensure the children's comfort. The first thing to do is to decide on how the shared finances will be handled as well as to clarify what personal boundaries should be respected. Moreover, it is a good idea to agree on how long this situation is supposed to last; after all, it is meant to be a temporary fix until all parties have grown acclimated to the new status quo.
Regardless of how hard a couple may try, divorce is an arduous process that can be painful for everybody involved. Therefore, it is may be a good idea to retain the services of a good divorce lawyer who can help the couple come to an amicable agreement that suits all parties. Furthermore, given how many cases divorce lawyers get to see every year, they might be very knowledgeable on how things can go wrong along with what aspects to look out for when coming up with a living situation.