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Nesting and the emotional impact of divorce on children

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2023 | Family Law |

Divorce can be a challenging experience for families. This especially applies to minor children, who have no control over their circumstances.

Facing the sudden upheaval of their worlds and the prospect of completely different lives, they may experience serious emotional and mental problems. Nesting is one option that may help them emotionally as they enter post-divorce life.

Emotional challenges

Divorce often brings a range of emotional challenges for children. Feelings of sadness, confusion and even guilt may arise. Children may struggle to adjust to the idea of living in separate households and frequently traveling back and forth. Anxiety, depression and behavioral changes may manifest as a response to the stress brought about by these potential changes.


Nesting is an arrangement where children remain in the family home while parents take turns living with them. This approach aims to provide stability and continuity by allowing them to stay in the comfort of a familiar place. It also spares them the disruptions and sense of displacement associated with constantly moving.

Nesting also fosters a co-parenting dynamic that encourages open communication between parents. Seeing their parents presenting a united front and getting along can help ease children’s worries. Parents can also more easily address their children’s emotional concerns together.

According to the Wave Clinic, children aged seven to 14 with divorced parents have a 16% greater likelihood of developing a mental health issue like anxiety or depression. Divorce can negatively affect children’s emotional well-being. Nesting, by offering a sense of security, can help children emotionally and mentally adjust to their new circumstances.