Dating After Divorce

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Dating After Divorce

A book could probably be written about dating after a divorce. The emotional toll that one takes from going through a divorce is not something to take lightly. There are so many varying circumstances that lead to divorce that you have to ask yourself, "when am I really ready to start dating again?"

There can be a temptation to rush back into the dating world. After all, the relationship with your husband has, unfortunately, failed, and it certainly would feel nice to have those feelings of new love once again with someone else. However, be cautious about allowing a longing for these romantic feelings to lead to rushed decisions in the dating world.

Depending on the severity of the differences between you and your ex-husband, many men on the dating market might seem like great catches, but that doesn't mean they're a good fit for you in the long term. Ask yourself what your objective in the dating world is. Are you just looking for a good time? A casual friendship with some of the benefits of having someone of the opposite sex around? A serious, romantic relationship with marriage-potential for the future? Spend some significant time thinking about what you really want and approach the dating world with this objective in the forefront of your mind at all times. Some men will be right for you in some ways and wrong for you in other ways.

As a general rule of thumb, resist the impulse to jump back into a serious relationship with someone else. A rebound can be fun and therapeutic, but you don't want to take it too far. You're in a very stressful and confusing stage of your life. Do yourself a favor and avoid jumping back into a serious situation with a member of the opposite sex until you've given yourself ample time to heal in the wake of your divorce.

Now is the time to be very picky! Make a list of things you want and expect from another man. Feel free to date around and have a good time, but if a guy you're dating doesn't meet the things you put on that list, politely back away. Stay true to yourself and look out first for your children, if you have any, and second for yourself. Everything else is a very distant third. You'll know when you're truly ready to have another man in your life. Immediately following your divorce is probably not that time.

Filed under Life After Divorce by alextg

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