Parenting After Divorce: David R. Miller, Lori Marie Figueroa
Only the stress a parent feels when a child is seriously ill or dies exceeds the stress that parents feel after divorce. Typically, following divorce, one parent is awarded primary custody and the other parent, now called the absent parent, is allowed to have visitation and is required to provide some measure of financial child support. Sound divorce research clearly indicates that the single, custodial parent needs many kinds of support and encouragement to maintain a good home for the children. This often includes counseling. Single parents ask for counseling primarily for child management and discipline concerns, but also for addressing feelings of loneliness and isolation.