A good standard is waiting a minimum of six months following separation from a spouse, suggests the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Establishing boundaries that feel comfortable for everyone is a challenge but will ultimately lead to a healthier transition.
Knowing when to begin dating after a divorce is a very personal decision and will be different for every individual.
High school sweethearts, we married a year after I graduated and by the time we separated we had three kids, ages 14, 11 and 9. Well, I hadn't been in any relationship except the one with my husband since I was 18. The truth is, finding people to date post-divorce may be more difficult. You will now need to consider not only whether or not your prospective partner is suitable for you, but also if said partner is suitable to co-parent. My advice is to pay attention to potential singles in the produce aisle, as right away, you know they're healthy. But, at some point your mortality is likely to catch up to you, and you will realize that you don't want to be alone forever.
The day we sat on the sofa and broke the news, my daughter could only yell, "I high school! Therefore each first date becomes a sort of internally conducted interview for your future.
It would probably go very badly if they were to find out from some other source that you were dating and they would feel like you were being dishonest with them by holding back this information. You don’t have to go into the details of the who, what, where, when, etc., but you should let them know when you begin dating again.