Dating a Divorced Man

Here are a few advice on dating a divorced man and how to have a relationship with a divorced man.

As a single woman, meeting a man who seems to live up to your dreams can be incredibly exciting. However, dating a divorced guy can sometimes, make you feel overwhelmed. It is quite a challenge especially if he has young children.

The major difference between dating a divorced man and a bachelor is that much of his past will be with him forever. They are his children, if he has any, and ex wife. Both of which you'll need to be prepared to handle.

The Challenge You Need to Be Up For

Every relationship has challenges, but when you are dating a divorced dad they may be more prevalent. Here are some things you should expect:

  1. Possible date cancellations and schedule changes due to kids getting sick or having activities going on

  2. Weekends and holidays needing to be spent with kids and other family

  3. Dealing with an ex-wife who may or may not be pleasant towards you and children who may or may not like you, though that can certainly change

Your Role and How to Play It

  1. Even if you love kids, don't push the idea of meeting them. It should be his idea and it is a privilege that should come with time as your relationship becomes more serious, not any sooner

  2. Be understanding when it comes to his schedule changes and need to spend time with his children

  3. Don't overstay your welcome. Make sure he and his children have alone time, no matter how much they like you or vice versa

  4. Be nothing less than friendly to his ex wife. Let's face it, in most cases, the ex wife is not going to be happy about her ex husband's newfound love interest and she isn't going to encourage her children to treat you with the utmost respect and she certainly won't be looking to be your new best friend. Tolerating her will be part of the deal and treating her with respect, even when it isn't reciprocated. Your guy will appreciate and respect you for it and so will the kids.

What isn't your role ever in any relationship is allowing yourself to be treated like a doormat and pretending to be okay with being placed at the bottom of someone's list. While dating a divorced man, realize if he is as into you he will make time for you so you aren't feeling deprived and that shouldn't be an issue.

Know Why He's Divorced

Typically, this bit of advice would be front and center of any article on dating a divorced man, but putting it as the last bit will hopefully leave you with something to truly think about.

You know that he is divorced, but do you know why? What happened that led to it? Did he cheat? And if so, why? And would he do it again? Would you have an issue trusting him if he did cheat while he was married?

Did his ex wife leave him for someone new or because she no longer loved him? If that is the case, he may still be hurting and you can't help him deal with that hurt.

You don't have to ask him these questions. Many divorced men may not want to open up and communicate. You may have to try to determine the answer for yourself based on an assessment of his other responses and behavior.

A recently divorced man may have yet to work through both his legal and emotional issues. So it is better to date a man who has been divorced for a good amount of time.

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