So how can you make post-divorce dating—whether you're looking for a good time or a good (relationship-minded) man—less daunting?
Post divorce dating advice
If it's been a while since you were last single, you may be wondering where you should go to meet potential dates, what you should wear, or how to handle issues when you have children.
Whether you're a little apprehensive about the whole idea of re-entering the dating scene or look at it as an adventure, the articles below provide a lot of great tips to help ease your transition into this new stage in your life.
"You can see what you might want in a relationship going forward," she says, even if it's not with any of these guys. "Just say, 'I'm enjoying dating you, but I want you to know that for now I'm also seeing others casually.'"Hopefully it's obvious to you that if you have children at home, you shouldn't bring dates around unless it's somewhat serious.
That said, don't let a fear of your children being upset or disapproving stop you from getting out there if you feel ready to.
Divorce was not something I had in my plans when I said my wedding vows at the altar as much as I would’ve never imagined myself dating in midlife.
Yet there I was, doing both – 45 and single again (happily it has to be said) and wondering where to start over with a new life.
It wasn’t long before I decided that I wanted to get back into the dating pool, even though I knew it was likely to feel weird and uncomfortable to begin with. Be truthful – Sorry if this is a tough one for those in midlife who appreciate that age is a big thing.
I went on to have a lot of fun, I experienced both highs and lows, there was plenty of both laughter and tears and I enjoyed it all. Believe me, it’s hard to go back from lying about your age or showing that you’ve got a full head of hair in a profile picture when reality is very different. Know your values – The things that are really important to you in life should be reflected in your relationships. And whilst we’re talking about profiles, get yourself some striking photographs – they do make such a huge difference. Check your state of mind – Make sure you’re in the right frame of mind before you head to dating websites.
Whether it's been one year or six since the divorce decree, you may never know with absolute clarity that you're truly ready for another relationship.