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July 15, 2015 03:00 PM

Making his first public appearance since his split from Jennifer Garner was announced, Ben Affleck was at Comic-Con in San Diego to promote his upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But plenty of eyes were also on the actor’s wedding band – still on his ring finger.

Friends of the former couple say the rings (Affleck, 42, has worn his off and on; Garner, 43, has been spotted wearing hers) symbolize their effort to help their three kids, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, through their divorce as easily as possible. The children “are a big part of why they’re still wearing [the rings],” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “They just want them to be okay.”

Garner and the kids are spending their summer in Atlanta, where Garner is shooting Miracles from Heaven. Affleck, who spent several days with his family in Atlanta last week, “plans to be there with them as much as he can,” says a source close to both. “He’s playing Mr. Mom, and that is what he wants to do. As difficult as it is, from what we’ve seen, it’s pretty amicable.”

Garner, who has been less in the spotlight while filming in Atlanta, “is doing great. The kids are with her, which is all she wants,” says a friend. “She’s as strong as ever.”

Reporting by LIZ MCNEIL and ELISSA ROSEN

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