The Rules: Dating After Divorce

Sometimes you need a do-over to get to happily ever after -- here's how to navigate the singles scene, the second time around (16 Photos)

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel on Apr 9, 2012 at 12:56PM

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The Rules: Dating After Divorce

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Google Him

You’ll do yourself a huge favor by treating any new guy -- whether you met him online or at your best friend's dinner party -- as a stranger. Even if you’ve emailed, Skyped and traded tons of texts, you still don’t know him, so it’s wise to be cautious -- even if you think he’s nice and charming. Last spring, a Los Angeles TV executive was raped by a man she met on To keep yourself safe, follow these basic rules:

  • Google your date.
  • Plan your first few dates for busy, public places; meet him there so he doesn’t know where you live.
  • Tell a friend where you are and when you’ll be home. Check in with her during the night.
  • Take your bag, keys and phone with you any time you leave the table. Order a fresh drink if you leave yours unattended to prevent being drugged.

After Googling her date-rapist, that LA TV executive discovered he had several convictions for sexual battery.

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