Advantages of dating a divorced man

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Instead of being with you out of true interest or desire, he may just want someone -- not you in particular -- to keep him company or replace his ex.

If your divorced beau has kids, taking his children into consideration is a must.

Being in the "just dating" stage -- or a not-so-serious relationship -- likely means that he won't introduce you to his children.

Don't take offense or think that he doesn't ever want to get serious with you.

You’ll need a lot of patience and will-power to overcome the drawbacks of dating a divorcee.

But if you’ve found yourself someone great, this really shouldn’t be so difficult.

If you already have kids, this can provide a great way to bond with him – the children are something you have in common.

HOWEVER, keep in mind that kids can be very protective and even cruel! Don’t boss them around or act overly ‘motherly’, but do show interest and encourage them in the things they’re good at. Being ‘dad’s new girlfriend’ takes time getting used to, and they’ll probably resent you for taking their mom’s place. And don’t be upset if they don’t immediately like you. Also, keep in mind that the younger the children are, the easier it will be for you to start bonding with them.

They already have a mom and don’t want you as a new one! Older kids, especially teens, will be more likely to resist you.

As if dating wasn't a challenge in itself, add in a newly divorced man and you may feel unsure how to handle this potentially dramatic relationship.

As of 2009 there were more than 1 million divorced men in the U. If your guy is newly divorced, understanding how to handle his situation can help to prevent problems.

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