10 Things Every Divorced Woman Should Do Before Starting to Date Again

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How long after a divorce should one wait before dating again? The answer is different for everyone, but there are some important things all folks need to work through first if they want to avoid the dreaded "rebound" relationship -- and yet more pain. Thinking about getting back out there? We spoke with a relationship expert who gave us some of the best tips for knowing when the time is right to get back into the dating saddle again. 

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We asked Tina B. Tessina, PhD (aka "Dr. Romance"), psychotherapist and author of a new book about how to celebrate differences in a relationship, for her advice on knowing when one is ready to love again -- and how to start dating.

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Dr. Tessina tells us women actually do better in their post-divorce relationships than men do because we actually bother grieving, processing, and contemplating until we feel ready. That said, she recommends spending at least a year before starting to dating again, and that's the key word: spend. One isn't just waiting around for her pain to fade away on its own. This is a year (or more) in which a woman does some serious work.

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