When to start dating after divorce
According to the Bible, marriage is a lifetime commitment. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19:6). There are three situations in which dating during the divorce process might occur.
"It puts Ben at ease knowing that Lindsay understands who he is." Answer: The question of dating during the divorce process is difficult to answer for several reasons.For one thing, the concept of “dating” as we know it today is nowhere mentioned in the Bible.Such a divorce, therefore, is a spiritual failure and should prompt those involved to focus on the Lord and not on seeking to replace the one being divorced.The third situation in which dating during the divorce process might occur is that of a person who causes a divorce, i.e., the “guilty” party in a divorce.All of the biblical allowances for remarriage after a divorce relate to the “innocent” spouse in a divorce with biblical grounds.
There is no biblical allowance for remarriage for a spouse divorced for unbiblical reasons or for a spouse who caused a divorce, whether by adultery, abandonment, and/or other possible grounds.
The second situation in which dating during the divorce process could occur is that of a person who divorces his/her spouse for non-biblical reasons.
A divorce in this case, in the words of God, is due to “hardness of heart” (Mark 10:1–12).
That is, the innocent spouse has been abandoned by his/her unbelieving spouse or has been cheated on by an unrepentant adulterer.
In either case, the innocent spouse is mostly likely in a state of emotional turmoil and vulnerability.
"When Madaline is out of the house I want to date, but I don't know how." Samantha has been divorced for only a year, but would like to start dating again even though her two boys are still in elementary school.