Turned out, dating as a divorced 35-year-old was a great way to pass the time until I felt ready for a relationship again.
But, I figured, if Robin Wright can snag a hot younger boyfriend after 15 years of marriage and a very public divorce, I could at least give dating a shot.
To my pleasant surprise, my 30-something confidence combined with the dawn of casual online dating culture made for one damn fun year and a half.
Whenever Sharon meets someone new, she hopes that "this is the one," and Branden does, too.
Sadly, when Sharon's relationships don't work out, not only is her heart broken, but so is her son's.
Jennifer's, Samantha's and John's concerns are common, because according to the U. Census Bureau, 19.3 million Americans get divorced each year, and many of them date and eventually remarry.
Perhaps you share their concerns, as you're also wondering how you can reenter the dating world after divorce — and do so according to God's standards. Divorce is the death of the dreams you had when you committed yourself "for better or for worse." As a Christian, you can't simply separate from your spouse one day and hit the dating field the next.And each new boyfriend has developed a relationship with Sharon's son, Branden.Unfortunately, Branden's father abandoned him, so it's understandable that he longs for a relationship with a father figure.He never introduces his date as his girlfriend, but a friend.This spares his children from the complicated emotions that will inevitably come with adjusting to a new stepparent prematurely.She was ready to date and had taken time to seek God and heal after her divorce three years earlier.