The Rules: Dating Your Friend's Ex

If you're going to break the Girl Code rule of "hands off my man even if I'm no longer dating him," you should follow these rules to get through it (13 Photos)

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel on Dec 1, 2011 at 2:27PM

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The Rules: Dating Your Friend's Ex

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Question His Motives

Even mind-blowing sex ultimately isn’t worth sacrificing a friendship, so make sure you and Mr. Ex both see the relationship heading in the same direction and that his motivations are on the up and up. After all, it’s one thing if he was your friend’s college flame and you bump into him 10 years later in an Italian cooking class and bond over lasagna. It’s quite another if he dumped her last weekend and wants to hook up with you now. “It’s a red flag if a guy wants to date you right after he broke up with your best friend, especially if they were serious,” warns Burton. “If he’s flirting with you a few weeks later, it’s probably more to make her upset and show he can get a girl who’s supposed to be off-limits, than any genuine interest in you.”

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