Sometimes when couples divorce, the process is amicable and each former partner is able to remain a healthy and stable part of their mutual child’s life. However, this scenario is not one that is played out in every family. Some former spouses bitterly dispute their child custody arrangements because each desperately wants primary or sole custody of their children. Still other families are split in ways that leave one parent in sole custody of a child not by choice but because the child’s other parent has left.
This scenario is often uniquely heartbreaking. While the remaining parent is spared a custody dispute and the child is spared tension between co-parents, any affected child tends to struggle with the feeling that he or she has been abandoned by the parent who has left.