“While Jen is turning to her family and friends, the person in Ben’s life is his mother,” a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. “She is a constant rock for him. She had remained close to the family as well. She’s been there for him through this extremely difficult time.”
Affleck and his children, Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, also spent time with his mom, Christine, in Los Angeles, while Garner, 43, was in Montreal shooting her upcoming film Nine Lives, adds another source.
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“He is really leaning on his mother for support,” says the insider. “Ben and his mom have always been very close.”
The actor, 42, also turned to his mother after his highly publicized split from ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez.
• Reporting LIZ MCNEIL