START­ING OVER

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Inspire -

Need some re­as­sur­ance on dat­ing af­ter your mar­riage has ended? Women who’ve been there share their words of wis­dom…

“Dat­ing af­ter di­vorce might feel as though you’ve never dated be­fore. You may feel lost, not sure where to start and how to be­gin. Start with con­fi­dence and ev­ery­thing else will fall into place. Also, don’t take your­self too se­ri­ously and en­joy the process.”

Jenna, 37

“Be­ing di­vorced with chil­dren means you need to have all the usual post-di­vorce par­ent­ing is­sues solved be­fore putting your­self out there. No baby­daddy drama, make sure your fi­nances are sta­ble, have a good re­la­tion­ship with your kids, and be at peace with your sit­u­a­tion and ac­cept it. Oth­er­wise, it is not go­ing to be easy to han­dle. “Hav­ing chil­dren also means ask­ing your­self if the per­son you are see­ing is some­one you want your chil­dren to have a re­la­tion­ship with. Whether you like it or not, he will have an im­pact on them in some way or other.”

Claire, 40

“Take things slow be­cause I’ve seen friends who rushed into a new re­la­tion­ship af­ter divorc­ing and it never works out. It took me al­most two years af­ter my di­vorce to even go on a date and three years to fi­nally find some­one I wanted to be with.”

Zara, 42

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