CNN reported about a woman and her new hubby who moved back in with her ex-husband to save money. Would you do this?
Struggling to make ends meet, trying to dig themselves out of debt, Nicole Thompson-Arce and her husband have moved in with her ex-husband. Together, the unlikely threesome of Omaha, Nebraska, is raising two young daughters from the first marriage, reports CNN.
"I knew they were having money problems, so I just asked them to move in," Craig Thompson said. "I figured I'd get to see my girls, my daughters, more often. And Nicole said yes right away."
No longer do they have to shuttle Victoria, 7, and Caitlyn, 6, between two households. As a team, they can parent and be on the same page. Finding a baby sitter is never a problem. They take turns making meals, which they all share.
"We just clicked," Thompson said. "When I tell people, 'I'm living with my ex-wife and her husband,' I get some really strange looks. ...It's different. It's unusual, but it works."
The transition has been smooth and great for the kids, Thompson-Arce said. And for their benefit, irrespective of finances, she thinks it's a living situation they'll stick with for at least five to 10 years. It has, however, taken a little time for the little ones to get the story straight.
Seven-year-old Victoria went back to school after winter break -- and after the whole team had blended under one roof -- and started telling people this: " 'My mommy has two husbands,'" Thompson-Arce remembered. "I was like, 'No, honey, don't tell them that!'"
What she and both men hope the girls are learning is that divorced parents can work together and be friends.
"There are so many families that go through divorce and can never let it go," she said. "I'm thankful, and hopefully our situation can help people rethink things because if they have kids, it's in their best interest to get along."
Financial expert Danielle Hoston says she's not surprised more and more people are moving in with their exes. "People are doing anything and everything they can to cut back on expenses," she says. "The main thing I would recommend is to have a co-habitation agreement that details who's paying for what, and what will happen if one of the parties decides to end the arrangement. That way, everything is all on the table and there are no unpleasant surprises later."
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