Jennifer's, Samantha's and John's concerns are common, because according to the U. Census Bureau, 19.3 million Americans get divorced each year, and many of them date and eventually remarry.
Perhaps you share their concerns, as you're also wondering how you can reenter the dating world after divorce — and do so according to God's standards. Divorce is the death of the dreams you had when you committed yourself "for better or for worse." As a Christian, you can't simply separate from your spouse one day and hit the dating field the next.
There is no way to generalize how divorced people feel when it comes to the decision to remarry.
Every divorced person feels differently about second marriages.
Even though she has decided to wait a few years until her daughter is grown to reenter the dating scene, she's confused about how to proceed.
"When Madaline is out of the house I want to date, but I don't know how." Samantha has been divorced for only a year, but would like to start dating again even though her two boys are still in elementary school.
Last summer, I read the book, Crazy Time, which, in my opinion is sort of the bible for people getting divorced.
Then there’s the scenario when the person is so used to being married, and feels lost, or emotionally or financially insecure, that the minute they get separated, they begin the frantic search for husband number 2. There’s also the case where the ex-spouse is getting remarried, so the other person feels like he or she has to keep up. The biggest problem with rushing into a second marriage is that if it doesn’t work out, the kids are the ones who end up suffering the most. The first is about a friend of mine who was divorced at a young age, with no children.
Trafford says that’s one of the reasons why there are so many second marriage divorces: because people still haven’t grieved their first divorce. I hear about so many men (and women, of course) who are already dating their second wife (or husband) before they are divorced.
In other words (there is no way to sugar coat this) they were cheating with the person. Test out the relationship when it’s out in the open.
Dating after divorce can be a minefield for the midlife woman.
Perhaps even thornier than pondering what to wear on a date, where to go, who pays—not to mention how you even find people to date in this brave new world of Internet match-ups—is getting over your reluctance to take a stab at it. "A divorced woman may feel very vulnerable at this stage, in part because she used to have a spouse to 'protect' her and now she has to go out into the world on her own," says Diana Kirschner, Ph D, author of .
But it's also tough, she adds, because once you're on the dating scene you can feel like a teenager again, in that shaky, unconfident, not-sure-if-he'll-call sort of way.