If you've ever been through a break-up, you probably know how difficult it is to get over a former boyfriend or girlfriend. The process can take anywhere from weeks, to months, or, in extreme cases, years. Recovering from a break-up is made difficult by the fact that you need to redefine yourself as a single person. Having been in a relationship, you may need to become comfortable again on the singles circuit or regain your ability to bond with another person. These are difficult problems to overcome, but you can do it.
Marriage involves money. During your honeymoon, you probably won't be thinking about it. But after the honeymoon is over, the realization will inevitably hit. There will be bills to pay. There will be unforeseen expenses. And slowly but surely, you will come to realize that you and your spouse's finances are now integrated together. The question, though, is do you want to wait until marriage for this realization to hit?
Maybe marriage isn't for you and your partner. Unlike friends and relatives, perhaps the two of you don't feel the need to have an official wedding. Instead, all that the two of you may deem necessary is a sense of mutual love. Such a situation, referred to as cohabitation, has become increasingly common in recent years, particularly in California.
Royal Wedding excitement abounds this week in London. The numbers attending the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace has more then tripled in the days leading up to the wedding. Streets are decorated with flags of the British Crown. The carriages, cars and horses to be used for the wedding are readied at the Royal Mews, the Royal transport facility. Pubs and restaurants are all preparing celebratory parties for the big event. Camera-toting news teams cruise the wedding parade route.
Though the prospect of dating after a divorce while simultaneously raising children may certainly seem like they go together like oil and water, rapidly changing societal demographics and norms are making it easier on all parties involved. A single parent's daily itinerary is undoubtedly filled with school, homework, and extra-curricular activities, not to speak of managing his or her way through the tough economy. But out of the wonderful and chaotic life of being a single parent can unexpectedly come a dating life, and possibly more.