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Letting the Kids Stay in the Home While the Divorcing Parents Move in and Out. Is It Realistic?

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Although parents who are divorcing can rest in knowing children can recover from their parents’ divorce, it remains a potentially traumatic event for children. Parents know this, and so, of course, they will seek to minimize the effects of the breakdown of their marriage on their children. One of the latest strategies parents are using to manage the difficult transition during a divorce is called nesting.

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Stacy D. Phillips, celebrity divorce attorney and author, practiced nesting herself during her divorce but does not recommend it as a long-term strategy. “I am a proponent of nesting in the right circumstances,” she said. She believes that nesting can work in the short-term as a bridge between family life pre- and post-separation.

“Nesting helps children adapt to the changes in the family structure and can make this major life transition easier for everyone, but only if the parents trust each other and can communicate amicably,” she said.

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"Letting the Kids Stay in the Home While the Divorcing Parents Move in and Out. Is It Realistic?," by Fiona Tapp was published in the Washington Post on July 27, 2017.