Dating while waiting for divorce to be final

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Whenever Sharon meets someone new, she hopes that "this is the one," and Branden does, too.Sadly, when Sharon's relationships don't work out, not only is her heart broken, but so is her son's.When Becky asked him how long he'd been divorced, he admitted that it wasn't final yet, that he was living in the basement of the home that he and his wife shared, and that they'd only been separated for three weeks.Becky gently told her date that he needed to first pursue emotional and spiritual healing. But dating so soon will almost inevitably lead to heartache, since he's neither emotionally nor legally available.

Unfortunately, Branden's father abandoned him, so it's understandable that he longs for a relationship with a father figure.

If you start dating prematurely, you could be hurting — rather than honoring — those you date.

When Becky was invited to lunch by a man she met at a bookstore, she was excited.

Like Jennifer, she needs some advice but is concerned about how she can make the transition into dating easy on her children. He'd like to date again, and some of his friends say he should start looking for a woman now — after all, he's getting divorced soon.

But John knows better because he's still married, and dating now would go against God's desires.

One way to avoid the temptation of settling is to know what's acceptable and what's not, to both you and God, before you start looking for love.

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