A mother and her new partner have bought a house with her ex and all their kids – after years of previous domestic bliss all living under one roof.
When Lindsay Taylor, 35, from Putnam, Connecticut, and her ex-husband Chris Kelley, 38, split up, they remained good friends, co-parenting their two children.
She went on to marry new husband Mike Taylor, 52, but they all remained close – so close that they have now moved into one five-bed home to raise their collective kids.
The massive family said the set-up has worked so well, that when it was time to look for a bigger home, they did it together, and are preparing to move again as a team.
Lindsay Taylor (center), 35, from Connecticut, and new partner Mike Taylor (left), 52, have bought a house with her ex-husband Chris Kelley (right), 38, and all their kids
When Lindsay (center) and Chris (right) broke up, they remained good friends, co-parenting their two kids, Joanna (far left) and Lucas (lying down), even after she began dating Mike (left)
Lindsay went on to marry Mike, 52, but they all remained close – so moved into a five-bed home to raise their kids together, including Lindsay and Mike’s baby, Harrison (pictured center)
The trio live with Lindsay’s daughter from a previous marriage, Rachel, 19.
There is also Lindsay and Chris’ kids Joanna, five, and Lucas, seven, who has a rare autoimmune disease, and her child with Mike, a three-year-old called Harrison.
They spoke to new podcast Real Fix about their unusual set up, and admitted while it’s not always easy, it allows them to split the bills and spend more time with their kids.
Lindsay told the podcast which features real life stories: ‘Everything we’ve done has been for the kids and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that anything, no matter how ridiculous it may sound, is possible, if you try hard enough to make it work.
Pictured, from left: Ex-husband Chris Kelley (holding Joanna) Rachel, Destiny, Danny, new husband Mike Taylor and Lindsay (holding Lucas)
The family said the set-up has worked so well, that when it was time to look for a bigger home, they did it together. Pictured, from left: Ex-husband Chris, Lindsay and new husband Mike
The family admit their lifestyle isn’t always easy, but it allows them to split bills and spend more time with the kids. Pictured: Lindsay’s ex Chris (right) and husband Mike in hospital with Lucas
‘Chris is very open minded, so for him, this wasn’t a big deal at all – it just made sense.
‘He said: “‘Why don’t you both move in with me? We can pay one mortgage, one set of bills and keep all the kids together?.”‘
Chris added: ‘It just felt like the right thing to do at the time. We had a child that was sick and I felt he needed his mother here and I just wanted to make it work at whatever cost.
‘I don’t have any problems with Mike whatsoever, I think he’s a really good guy so why not.’
However, Mike found the new living arrangement harder to adjust to, admitting he felt uncomfortable for a while after they moved in.
‘It felt awkward – I said to Chris “if I was in your shoes I don’t think I could have done the same thing,”‘ explained Mike, who also has two older grown up kids. ‘I do feel comfortable now.’
Mike (pictured with Lindsay and baby Harrison) found the new living arrangement harder to adjust to, admitting he felt uncomfortable for a while after they moved in
Lindsay said that Chris (pictured with Lucas) is very open minded, so for him, it wasn’t a big deal at all – adding that ‘it just made sense’
Lindsay said her six-year marriage to Chris began to crumble toward the end of her pregnancy with Joanna in 2015, and the pair divorced the next year.
She met Mike at a gig and they got together in 2016, and moved in together, but were unexpectedly evicted from their home shortly after.
It was then Chris, a cinema manager, made his unexpected offer – asking them if they wanted to move into his five-bed house.
Their son Lucas has a rare immunodeficiency disorder, chronic granulomatous disease or CGD, and he requires a sterile-closed home, so the set up was perfect.
‘We started to look for another place, but Chris made a suggestion that no-one was expecting – the stars aligned,’ said Lindsay.
Mike and Lindsay tied the knot in a beach ceremony, when she was pregnant with baby Harrison, now three.
Lindsay said her six-year marriage to Chris (pictured tying the knot) began to crumble toward the end of her pregnancy with Joanna in 2015, and the pair divorced the next year
Lindsay met Mike (pictured together) at a gig and they got together in 2016, and moved in together, but were unexpectedly evicted from their home shortly after
Shortly after, in October, Lucas underwent a bone marrow transplant which it is hoped will regenerate his immune system and cure him from CGD.
His condition has meant the family isolated for two years, and living in the same house prevented moving the children around.
‘We didn’t want to shuffle them around from house to house, plus we were in isolation for two years when Lucas was sick,’ explained Lindsay. ‘They didn’t go to school for two years and it was really tough.
‘Lucas’ immune system is so fragile right now that we need to limit his exposure to the outside world, and this means as a family we need to do this as well.
‘It’s a big sacrifice that everyone is making but hopefully it will all be for the best when Lucas gets better.’
The time came to move into a bigger house – and instead of looking for two homes, they shopped and bought one together.
They are looking forward to moving into the new big family home soon, and would advise other modern families to consider living together too.
When the time came to move into a bigger house, instead of looking for two homes, they bought one together. Pictured, Lindsay with her children Harrison, Lucas and Joanna
Ex-husband Chris Kelley holding Lucas – who underwent a bone marrow transplant which it is hoped will regenerate his immune system and cure him from CGD