Moving Past Divorce: Should you Join a Fathers’ Support Group?

By | 2017-09-29T15:37:38+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Collaborative Law, Divorce|0 Comments

Do you ever feel a little isolated as a father? Do you want to improve your skills as a dad? Or do you feel unique as a father because of your circumstances?  (e.g you are a stay at home dad, a gay dad, or a widowed dad.) Then you may want to consider finding a  support group for divorced Father’s. Yes, they do exists.

Support groups work by people who share a common bond forming a group to network and support one another. So the idea here is to join a support group for your specific circumstance whatever they may be. You need support as a Father when things get tough and you need to be the Father your children need you to be. Joining a support group will help you do this by providing you with tools, resources, and newfound friends in your time of need.

So should you join a support group? If you’ve stumbled across this blog post chances are you need a little more support in your life at this very moment. If you’ve been feeling down, isolated, or just not up to par with your parenting chances are you need to join a support group. We went ahead and listed some of the benefits of joining a support group and where you can find them for your convenience.

Resources

Support groups can be a great source of information for you as a father. Types of support groups will vary depending on location and the uniqueness of your situation. For example, if you are a widow you will want to look for a support group for widowed fathers.

Friendship

Some fathers will look to join a support group for no other reason than, well, support. Joining a support group is a great way to network and find friendship while going through your divorce. It’s important not to feel alone when going through a divorce, especially if you’re a father. You don’t want to pass that feeling down to your children who feed off of your every move.

Suitability

You can join a support group in any way shape or forum that is comfortable to you. They come in all shapes and sizes, online and in person. If you can attend an in person support group, that is strongly recommended as it offers human connection in physical proximity. However, it isn’t a deal breaker. You can find online support groups with a wider range of diversity and it can be more convenient to fit your daily/weekly scheduling.

If you are leaning toward an in person support group using google, meetup.com, or word of mouth is the best approach for finding a community-based group that is best suitable for you. If you are leaning more towards an online support group, sites such as just4dads.org and the solo parent’s network are a good place to start.

In the end…

Divorce alone is hard enough. Being a parent has its own challenges. Putting the two of them together can be a troubling situation, to say the least. In most divorces, children spend most of their time with their mother. But as a father, you are a vital part of your children’s growth. They need their father in their life. A healthy one at that. So if you’re feeling a bit isolated, pushed out of the picture, or estranged depending on your situation this might be a good time to join a support group.

You will need all of the advice and resources you can get to pull you out of this rut you’re in. So when the going gets tough, the tough get going. At least that’s what they say right?

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