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Co-Parenting Tips: How Close Should Divorced Parents Live to Each Other?


Recently, world famous supermodel Gisele Bundchen bought a new home a few minutes away from her ex-husband, NFL superstar Tom Brady. According to The Fresno Bee, Bundchen, who already purchased a $1.25 million home in the area earlier this year, has bought an $11.5 million house near the $17 million site of a home Brady is building.

Bundchen and Brady share custody of their kids. Having their homes so close together will make co-parenting their children much easier than it would be if they lived far apart.

Reasons Divorced Parents Should Live Close to Each Other

When divorced parents live close to one another, it can benefit their co-parenting relationship in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • Convenient for everyone – Obviously, co-parenting involves a lot of coordination and collaboration. Both those things are more difficult the further apart divorced parents live from one another. In most cases, it is best if divorced parents live within 20 miles of each other. It allows the kids to live close to both their parents no matter which parent they’re staying with at the time. If an emergency involving the children comes up, neither parent is too far away to respond. Plus, it’s just convenient for everyone involved. Both parents will be close to their children’s school and since they live near each other, when the kids go back and forth between each parent’s home, it will only involve a quick trip.
  • Helps both parents stay involved – Since both parents live near each other and their kids, they will be able to be involved in whatever their children have going on. Whether it’s little league, a school play, or just a birthday party, distance-wise it will be easy for both parents to remain involved in the big and small moments of their children’s everyday lives.
  • It’s in the best interests of the kids – In most cases, it’s better for children if both their parents are involved in their lives, especially when they’re younger. When divorced parents live close to each other, this allows their children to access either of their parents pretty much anytime they need them. Having that level of access to their parents is a big positive and makes a huge difference in children’s lives.

Need help with a co-parenting plan, child support, or child custody in California? Our legal team at Arnold Law Group, APC is here to help. To schedule a confidential consultation with our experienced family law attorneys in Fresno, call us at (559) 900-1263 or reach out to us online today.

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