Moreover, if custody or parenting schedule issues are unresolved, the non-dating parent might seek to demonstrate that the other parent’s introduction of a new partner is not in the children’s best interests and should result in a change of custody or a parenting schedule change.
Finally, if the new partner has children, the demands of those children can further reduce the child’s needed time with his or her biological parent.
Children are a blessing at this time, keeping it “real” and helping us resist the adolescent urge to plunge head first into a new love that blots out all of the hurt from the failed marriage.
Children of all ages, including teens, experience tremendous loss and change with divorce.
Divorce is an adult concept that is difficult for children to grasp.
While these are important factors to consider, they don't mean that you'll never be able to have a new relationship.
By being honest with yourself, taking your time, and acknowledging your children's feelings, dating after divorce can be less stressful and more enjoyable.
As a result, children can sometimes feel neglected and jealousy may arise.
Another potential problem is that the child will talk about a parent’s new partner with the other parent, who in turn will become visibly angry and/or jealous.
One of the biggest risks of introducing a new partner too early is that the relationship will end and the child will experience another loss.
I recommend that a parent date for at least four to six months before involving the child in that new relationship.
Dating after divorce can be fun and exciting, yet there are a variety of factors that can influence this experience.