Dating after a divorce can be a difficult situation for any parent.
Knowing when to begin dating after a divorce is a very personal decision and will be different for every individual.
A good standard is waiting a minimum of six months following separation from a spouse, suggests the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Children may feel as though they are going to receive less attention from parents when they start dating.
Some fathers feel unsure about how to spend blocks of time with their children without a woman present; some mothers are anxious to quickly introduce a “better role model” to their children and have the family that wasn’t possible with the children’s father.
Neither situation serves the child’s need for time to adjust to family changes.