When to Start Dating After Getting Divorced


Divorce is complicated and you may have a lot of lingering feelings about it even after it is finalized. Just because the papers are signed, does not mean moving forward will be easy. In fact, this is often where some of the difficult emotional work comes in, especially when you begin to consider dating again. People crave companionship, so it is only natural to want to find someone new. We have some tips that can help get you started.

Dating After a Divorce

Before you start dating, you should ask yourself a few questions to figure out if you are ready to get back out there.

Here are some questions for you to ask yourself:

  • Do you feel emotionally healed enough? No, you do not have to be fully healed from your divorce before you start dating, but you should give yourself some time to work through the worst of it. The fact is that healing from this experience will likely be a long, ongoing process, but if you can make peace with it, and get over the initial hurdles, you may be ready to start dating again.
  • Did you take a little time for some self-care? Now that you are divorced, this is probably the first time in a while you are on your own. Take a bit of time to enjoy it, pamper yourself, reconnect with old friends, relax, and focus on your needs. The last thing you want is to go from your marriage into another serious relationship.
  • Do you feel ready? Ultimately, only you can say for sure if you are ready to start dating. Just make sure you set realistic expectations and understand what you want out of this experience. The next few people you date may not be your next serious relationship, but you can still learn a lot about yourself from these situations.

Lastly, avoid rushing into anything serious too soon. If the person you are interested in is in a hurry to move things forward, it may not be for you.

Reach Out to an Experienced Family Law Attorney About Your Case Today!

If you are dissolving your marriage or considering filing for divorce, the legal team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff can help you. You can rely on us for knowledgeable legal advice and exceptional representation.

Call us today at (805) 633-4999 to schedule a consultation with our attorney to get started on your case.

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