What is the guidance for dating after divorce? I was married to a man who had never been baptized, we obtained a dispensation for disparity of cult. I had thought I was incapable of having children because of a health problem, and he was okay with that. However I became pregnant a few months after our marriage, which was a wonderful surprise and a blessing for me. Unfortunately he was furious and our marriage fell apart as a result.
This was six years ago. We are now divorced, and I have met a nice Catholic man. My question is, am I okay to date this man? I understand my previous marriage can be dissolved since it was a non-sacramental union, but I must have someone I wish to marry before I can submit a petition to have the marriage dissolved. This would imply that I would have to be dating someone first. However I get conflicting guidance because some family members don’t think I should date unless I have the marriage dissolved.
I would like to continue to date this man and am excited about the possibility of a long-term relationship, but I don’t want to do the wrong thing. So far our relationship has been very chaste, we see each other only a few times per month and always in public places.
Just wondering what the protocol is. Thank you!