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20 Helpful Tips For Dating After Divorce

Divorce can be the hardest thing a person has gone through in their life. It's agonizing to see your marriage end. After all, you marry someone because you think you're going to be with them forever, right? Well, as awful as divorce may be, it doesn't mean your romantic life is over. Most people find love again after divorce, even if it's not easy. If you've just gone through a divorce and you're feeling down about ever finding love again, take a look at these twenty helpful tips about dating after divorce:

  1. It's okay to take some time before re-entering the dating scene. Don't dive in if you're not ready.
  2. Don't do anything you're not comfortable with – even if friends and family are pushing you to “get out there,” always do what feels right.
  3. Know exactly what you want. The only thing worse than getting divorced is getting divorced again. So know in advance what you want in a future partner.
  4. It's okay to feel insecure and be unsure of yourself.
  5. Don't let your past relationship weigh you down.
  6. Never settle for less than what you deserve.
  7. Don't take yourself too seriously. The past may have made you jaded, but remember that dating should be fun!
  8. The people you meet won't be perfect. Don't have unrealistic expectations of someone.
  9. Don't go into anything trying to make your ex jealous. Leave the past in the past.
  10. If you have children, be open with them about what is happening. Make sure they are comfortable with any changes that may occur in your life or theirs.
  11. Be aware of your own shortcomings. If there were mistakes you made in your marriage, own up to them and don't repeat them this time around.
  12. You may need some help and that's okay. If a friend or family member wants to set you up, give it a chance!
  13. Don't get too involved with anyone too fast.
  14. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable.
  15. Don't jump into bed with anyone new too quickly.
  16. Accept that the dating scene has likely changed since you were last in it. You may have to adapt a little!
  17. Technology is your friend (i.e. dating apps).
  18. Don't think that your next relationship will definitely work out. You may have to date several people before you find the next one you'll settle down with.
  19. Don't be concerned with what your ex is doing/how they're moving on.
  20. You will find love again!

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