Because of this, finding a potential partner to have a serious relationship with was not a priority for me until about the time I began dating my last girlfriend.
We started dating casually, but we fell for each other hard and fast.
Don't over indulge in these sessions because you DO NOT want double as his/her therapist, and this is an easy role to fall into. He or she was married to your current significant other for Pete's sake! This means: no stalking him/her on social media, and no peppering your new love interest with questions about the ex.
You're not getting a high (or any) hourly rate for this. Remember, he or she is attempting to move on, so you certainly don't want to be the one making that harder for him or her. Breaking down those walls could be a long, tough process, but it's possible.
When it comes to bringing up the ex, always be on the receiving end. Just be willing to move a slower pace, and take your time when getting to know this person. There's something to be said for taking your time in a relationship, and this will allow you to potentially build a solid, trusting foundation. Don't be offended if the parents don't exactly welcome you with open arms at first.
Their baby has been hurt, and they're going to be extra protective him/her for, well, a long long while.
Needless to say, the communication and intimacy in our relationship quickly began to deteriorate.
One of the best things about dating someone who is divorced, is there are far less games. Overall, you won't ever be guessing how this person feels or where you stand, because this will almost always be forthcoming information.
It's possible you don't meet them for a while for this reason, because even your new significant other knows they will pepper you with questions like you're on a second interview.
For me, this was because of the dog my ex and his ex-wife used to share.
More often than not, former married people have tried it all in the bedroom because they lived in the "we're comfortable, so we can say what we really like phase" for, well, a long time.
In other words, they've graduated from the prestigious "How to really please a partner" college, and you get to be the lucky benefactor of this degree. He or she has been fully immersed in it, and he or she won't take anything less than the real thing.