The 5 Types of Guys You’re Stuck Dating After Divorce

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. You 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.

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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.

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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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Heavy... Heavy_Pipe

1. The Married Guy. Claims he's in a loveless relationship - isnt. Plans to file for divorce as soon as X happens - wont. Says its easier to just call him at the office,

2. The Living Way Beyond His Means Guy (aka "The Peacock"). In debt up to his eyeballs because he spends more than he can afford on new cars, a too big house, labeled clothes, watches, etc. for the sole purpose of banging as many women as possible. Cant afford basic cable anymore. "Forgets" to tip.

3. Still In Love With An Ex Guy - You actually remind him of her... often. 

4. Bitter Divorced Guy - He doesnt love his ex anymore but like #3 still never shuts up about her.

5. Everything Is Political Guy - Get stuck in a traffic jam on the way home from the restaurant? He'll spend the entire time telling you exactly why. Apparently because healthcare and the school system.

Of these the most common are 2 and 4. 1 and 3 often combine and 5 is your winner




NoWei NoWei

The deaf one so he can tolerate your whining. 

Rando... Randomlady

heavy_pipe those are spot on I would say.

adamat34 adamat34

Everyone else is to blame my ex....always someone else s fault hes poor, never sees kids ect

nonmember avatar Vascularity

Jenny, perhaps for you the best match would be a man who cannot read. Since you posted your total disrespect and lack of empathy regarding your pathetic Leif for all the world to see. I pray my son never gets trapped by the likes of you, or any wolf in sheep's clothing!


Looking at the above poster I'd have to come up with "the mama's boy"

nonmember avatar Chad stone

Sometimes it is helpful to see things from a man's perspective. Read a very funny book called Confessions of a Middle-Aged Babe Magnet.

nonmember avatar

Why don't you be a real proud independent single mom and switch out that 10 year old pic with a latest one? Too vain?

nonmember avatar SoloMom

I always seem to get the ones that only want one thing and while I am very sensual, I want the whole package. I've had my one night stands and now is the time to find someone to spend the rest of my life with.
Is that asking too much??

nonmember avatar Leoni

Im dating a bachelor. Not divorced. Not a dad. Not a widower. Just a bachelor of 42.

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