It’s rough to start dating again after a divorce. You’ve been off the market for so long, you don’t even know what’s out there anymore. I mean, what’s even left on the shelves these days? Are there any good ones left, or have they all coupled off already?
Like my mom says, it only takes one, but dang if you don’t have to do some fishing to find the one. Besides, it’s probably a good idea to date around a little bit after you split from a long-term relationship, and not jump directly into another serious commitment. There are plenty of fish in the sea, but some are more likely to nibble at the divorcee hook.
Here are the five types of guys you’re stuck dating after divorce:
The Divorced Dad: He knows your pain. He can relate on a level few others can, and he knows how much your kids mean to you. Plus if you get serious enough to spend time with him and his kids, you get to see what kind of dad he is. Just bear in mind that his ex is forever going to be in his life, so hopefully she’s not crazy.
The Divorced Bachelor: Maybe he wanted kids or maybe he didn’t, but for whatever reason, this guy wasn’t able to make his marriage work. Just make sure this one isn’t more in love with the single guy lifestyle than you.
The Cougar Hunter: Some guys are just into older women. I say definitely date this one if it makes you feel young and hot again, and enjoy it while it lasts, but know that he’s probably not looking for anything more than a fling.
The Closeted Gay: Maybe he’s from a strict religious background, or yearns for his ultra-socially conservative parents’ approval, but this guy can’t admit even to himself that he is gay gay gay. He needs to prove to everyone how straight he is by having a woman on his arm.
The Widower Dad: Ah, the stuff of rom coms and romance novels. This guy didn’t have a choice in the breakup of his marriage because you can’t control death. If you find one of these, make sure he actually likes you, and isn’t just looking for a stepmom for his kids.
What other kinds of guys are available for us divorced chicks?
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