Reentering the dating scene after a divorce can be intimidating and emotionally difficult, and entering the world of online dating after a divorce can be even more confusing and trying. Especially for older singles who are dating for the first time with the help of the Internet, understanding how to safely and successfully online date is important before you create a profile, exchange messages, and head out on the town with someone new.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Be honest. When you are in charge of creating your own profile, it can be tempting to post that picture from ten years ago, exaggerate, or leave out key information. However, honestly is the best policy when it comes to online dating—remember that potential beaus will eventually meet the real you. As hard as it may seem, it is better to mention your divorced status.
  • Don’t dwell on your divorce in your profile. While you do want to let online suitors know that you have been through a divorce, you do not want your profile to focus on your divorce or your ex in any way. Mention it and move on to more important information: who you really are, what your passions are, and what you are looking for in a new partner.
  • Keep private information private. Your online profile is about sharing who you are, but keep in mind that strangers can view it. Do not post information like your phone number, address, or last name. And keep information and photos of your kids out of it. If you meet someone online and begin a relationship in real life, you can begin to share these parts of your life, but be careful in the virtual world.
  • Meet in neutral, public places. If you decide to go on a first date with someone you meet online, don’t have him or her pick you up at your house and don’t agree to meet at their house, either. Remember that even though you have been talking online, they are still a stranger. First dates should take place out in public while you get to know each other.

Do you need the assistance of a Washington family law attorney as you navigate the divorce process? Call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today to speak to an experienced lawyer or to schedule a consultation: 425-460-0550.

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