7 Clear Signs You're Ready To Date

Getting separated from your spouse comes with many challenges, particularly the unknown of a future together (or apart), handling situations with your children, and splitting households.

To date while separated it’s imperative you’ve already grieved the end of your marriage and the choice to separate is just the first step toward divorce.

1. You’re emotionally ready for a relationship

If you’re still at the point of assigning blame without taking any responsibility, then you’re not ready to start dating while separated. Your soon-to-be-ex-spouse may have done something unforgivable.

2. You’ve accepted responsibility for your role

If you’re still co-habitating with your spouse you’ll find yourself in some awkward situations if you choose to date while separated.

3. You’re not still living together

Going through a marital separation can be a blow to your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially if your marriage has been on the rocks for a while.

4. You feel good about yourself

Feeling lonely may be the worst reason to date while separated. Those feelings exist because they’re appropriate — you’re going through a life change and there’s simply no shortcut.

5. You’re not trying to avoid feeling lonely

If any part of you still desires reconciliation with your spouse, then don’t date while separated. You could damage opportunities to get back together.

6. You’re not interested in reconciliation

Dating while separated without a legal separation agreement can be additional grounds for divorce on terms that may not favor you.

7. You have a legal separation agreement