6 Dating Dos & Don’ts After Divorce

African American couple happy man holding flowersDivorce and starting over is a part of life. Many of know someone or have been divorced ourselves. Celebrities like Chris Rock and his wife, Tina Knowles and Matthew Knowles and now Toni Braxton have all divorced and started over. Starting over can be difficult – especially when it applies to dating. Perhaps even trickier than deciding what to wear, where to go, whether to go dutch – not to mention how to meet people – is getting over your fear of finding love after a major split. You may feel vulnerable, unconfident, overwhelmed, like you’re right back in high school. Overall, navigating in the dating world after divorce can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. The way to win? “Use your head AND your heart,” Certified Dating and Relationship Specialist (CRS), Michelle G., tells BlackDoctor.org.

In addition to “mapping out your own core values — making sure they align with the people you date,” the author of Divorce to Dating: The New Rules for Sex, Dating & Love After A Breakup, advises that those looking for love be “clear on the type of person you want to be in a relationship with.” Adding that, “clarity will help you communicate what you’re looking for on and offline.”

While you’re still likely to kiss a frog or two, Michelle G is here to help you avoid making the biggest mistakes that lead to heartbreak.