How To Survive Your Divorce And Thrive As The “Visiting Parent”: – Jeremy J. Lanning MA, LPC

The National Parents Organization welcomes back Jeremy Lanning.  He’s posted to our site before.  Here’s his invaluable take on how to negotiate divorce and child custody.

There is a difference between those who handle their divorce well and those who do not, especially when children are involved. Often what it means to “handle things well” is to handle them with help and guidance.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Psychotherapist I once ran a support group years ago for isolated and alienated parents. Unsurprisingly these were all men in various stages of divorce. There were 18 of them in all. Most strikingly, there was a distinct difference between those fathers who had help and guidance through their divorce and those who didn’t. To put it simply, the men who went at it alone and by the seat of their pants were in the same relationship with their ex-spouse they were in prior to their divorce but with barely any time with their kids and they were often fleeced financially. The other men were not.

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