After the stress of going through a divorce , it can be difficult to think about dating again. Everyone has their own timeline for when they might want to get out there. Even if you know your marriage is really, truly over, you still need to give yourself some time and space. Although it might be tempting to lick your wounds with positive attention from another, this distraction can actually inhibit you from the healing work that is necessary to move forward in a healthy way with someone in the future. Dating requires a certain amount of vulnerability, tolerance of uncertainty, and willingness to feel a range of emotions in the hopes of making positive new connections and relationships. It is possible that your first relationship post-divorce might not be a rebound, but there's a lot of "ifs" that go along with that.
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A lot of the time, the dating pool tends to be full of perpetually single individuals that may just spend their time dating around for fun or on the hunt for something they just haven't found yet, and sometimes you come across individuals who have also been in longer-term relationships along the way too. One of the most intimidating factors when meeting someone new that you find yourself interested in though is if they've been married and are now divorced and back on the market again. You may be experiencing some anxiety about not knowing if they're going to have a lot of baggage because of having previously made such a serious commitment, if dating them will somehow be different from dating someone else who's never been married before, how it can work if there are children involved, or especially what's going on if they still have remained on good terms with their ex-spouse. However, even though there may be some different obstacles to overcome and a few new factors that you may not be used to, there is no reason not to date someone who is divorced, and they may even have a better understanding of relationships compared to those who have never committed so seriously to another person before. You're Not The Only One.
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Sign up for the Divorced Girl Smiling newsletter to receive weekly articles that might help you during and after your divorce! I got divorced at 41 and began dating shortly after. I have to say, dating after divorce at 40 or over has both its pluses and minuses, its ups and downs, and its highs and lows. And, Dating after divorce at 40 can be really complicated.