The rules of dating after divorce

When you get back into the dating world, take things slowly, and don’t feel bad about dating at a slower pace.

Dating after divorce can make you anxious, but time is on your side, so don’t rush things.

Source: Shutterstock So you’ve been single for a while now and you miss having a male companion at your side.

Though you may be itching for a man to be a part of your life again, don’t rush into things.

"Know that it's okay to be exactly who you are," says Erik Newton, a former divorce lawyer and the founder of Together, a magazine and podcast for couples.

"You've grown and changed; you're stronger and wiser, and, yes, you also have some wounds.

"You don't need to feel like you 'should' be out doing things," she says.

Source: Shutterstock Before you ever jump back into the dating scene, make sure that your self-happiness and self-confidence are in check.

You can’t start going on dates and expect to find your happiness in these men. In order for dating after divorce to be successful and fulfilling, you first need to ensure that your inner happiness and confidence is alive and well.

Not necessarily, but if you've been out of circulation for a while, the following tips will help you navigate the waters more easily.

From the authors of "Not Your Mother's Divorce" Excerpt from "Not Your Mother’s Divorce", a book offering insight and practical advice to women facing a divorce early in life.

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