Dating After Divorce

Getting back into the dating scene after a divorce or relationship split is difficult for most people. For parents, the situation is even more complex. How long "should" a mom or dad wait after the relationship ends to begin dating again?

According to a poll conducted by Parent Soup, one of the largest parenting websites in the U.S., parents ought to give the single life six months to a year before attempting to get involved with someone new. Almost 40% of the 383 parents polled suggested a full year of time alone prior to dating.  Surprisingly, 13% of those polled said parents should wait until the kids are grown to step back into seeing other people.

Here's what people had to say:

• At least one year. Absolutely do not bring them home until you are sure about that person. I don't care if it is even to pick you up.
-- Hammett91 (AOL)

• I would think at least six months.  Give yourself and your kids some time together to try to adjust.
- Apratt8396 (AOL)

• If something should happen that we divorce for any reason, I would not consider dating. If my partner chooses to break that vow, that is his choice, but I believe I am still accountable for my own vow of faithfulness for life. I have my partner for life, and a legal document does not change the fact that I made a vow to remain faithful to him for as long as we are both alive. So, my answer for the dating/divorce question is never!
- samsmommy0 (Web)

• I'm grateful that after six years of being alone I have found love again since I would hate to spend the rest of my life all alone. No one deserves to live like that.
- peekaswine (Web)

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