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Sharing a home after divorce a workable option for some

A couple may choose to resolve issues together as much as possible.
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    January 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Sharing a home after divorce a workable option for some

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Every marriage is unique; so too is every divorce. While it is true that divorce is a difficult emotional time and a number of issues must be resolved, that is not to say that all divorces must be like those shown in movies and television, full of contention and allegations and vitriol.

A couple may instead choose to resolve issues together as much as possible. This is a preferred method for many couples with children, as cooperation and stability help a child through a difficult time. One unique solution some couples have considered is "nesting," where the exes live under one roof in separate bedrooms or areas of the home even though they are legally separated or divorced.

"Nesting" becoming more common

Nesting comes in various forms, but essentially a couple agrees to share a single home, either by living together or taking turns at one house, in order to reduce living expenses and to maintain a child's living environment, school and friends.

The trend grew after the housing marking collapse in the mid-2000s. Couples with failing marriages realized a sale of the marital home would not cover the cost of the mortgage, and in a weak economy keeping two households is financially difficult.

Nesting involves more than just financial considerations, however. Divorce can be stressful for children as well as adults. Maintaining one home as the "family home" promotes a feeling of stability for the child and maintains a family atmosphere.

Nesting is not for everyone, of course. In families with a history of domestic assault, it may simply not be safe to share one roof. Some divorcing couples may prefer a clean break or feel like it is not emotionally healthy to maintain such close proximity to each other after a divorce. Fortunately divorce and separation agreements are not a "one size fits all" proposition. Divorcing couples can agree to whatever living situation they feel is best emotionally and financially. It is only in a situation where a couple cannot agree to an issue that a family law court will become involved.

A separation or divorce that works for the family

Going through a divorce is not an overnight process. A number of issues must be resolved in order for a couple to move on in the best possible circumstances. People considering divorce should speak with an experienced family law attorney to discuss potential legal options.

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