Dating Post-Divorce

We all know how hard it can be to date again after you’ve gone through a divorce or separation. HuffPost shared the below tips for people looking to find love for a second (or fifth) time, and we thought we’d share those tips with you here:

1. There is no exact time frame. Everyone has a different timeframe for when they’ll be willing and ready to start dating. Some people may never be ready– others may be ready a week after they split. Don’t judge when someone dates again– it’s different for everyone.

2. You can have a healthy relationship with your ex. I know this may seem completely out of the question for those of you who despise your ex, but trust us when we say that it’s usually better for all parties involved to have a healthy relationship. It doesn’t need to be a continuous WWIII.

3. Online date. This is the 21st century and online dating is no longer weird. What do you have to lose. Just be smart, honest and know what you’re looking for. It gives you the chance to get to know someone a little before meeting them– not a bad idea.

4. Trust your friends. They may know you better than you know yourself at times, and if they say they have someone you should meet– be open to it! What’s the harm in meeting the person?

5. Give it time. One of the reasons love is so valued is because it’s so hard to find– real love, at least. You can’t expect to fall in love again right away. And just as importantly, you can’t expect someone else to fall in love with you right away. Always keep that in the back of your mind and enjoy the new phase of life you’re in… while realizing that love may take many more years to find.