Dating your ex can be a positive thing or a nightmare.
To keep things on a positive note, follow certain guidelines.
Of course, even the messiest or most involved of breakups could ultimately lead to a lasting love, but fully separating from your ex and getting a taste of life on your own could lead to a lot more insight about who you are and what you want when reuniting.
There are times in life when, even if you're not sure whether Round Two with someone will work out, you've got to give it one more shot just so you know without a doubt whether you can or can't be happy together.
Deciding to take such an unconventional step needs to be done carefully since there are many ramifications for children and friends.
But try not to use that to talk yourself into repeatedly getting back with a partner who does nothing but make your life miserable.
You already has to be different the second time around, or you're both walking into the same doomed situation as before.
Kathy Gleason is a freelance writer living in rural northern New Jersey who has been writing professionally since 2010.
She is a graduate of The Institute for Therapeutic Massage in Pompton Lakes, N. Before leaving her massage therapy career to start a family, Gleason specialized in Swedish style, pregnancy and sports massage.
Between divorce and deciding to date, a highly important personal development needs to occur, what psychologists call "separation and individuation".