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Dating Friendís Ex
Q: I have been single for two years and recently started seeing someone who is amid a divorce. The problem is, heís divorcing a friend of mine who cheated on him and left him for someone else. Heís awesome, and Iím not sure yet if this will be an actual relationship. She isnít a good friend of mine, but I definitely feel conflicted about this. Should I pursue or put an end to this? -Siobhan, 42

Dr. Anna: It sounds like youíve been taking it slow, which is a good idea. Giving him time and space to heal on his own is going to give you the best chance at a solid romantic relationship down the road. If you really like him, take your time. A healthy supportive friendship is a great base for romance later. As for your friendóyou donít owe her much beyond common courtesy here. If she wanted to be with him she wouldnít have left him. As for you, if heís worth it, you can wait until things are finalized and he is in a good place emotionally to start a new relationship.

Anna Charbonneau, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, stress management expert, and author. If you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or struggling to make changes in your life, Anna can help. Read her complete bio!
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Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, relationship expert, and bestselling and award-winning author. Her books include Loving in Flow: How the Happiest Couples Get and Stay That Way, and Kylie's Heel, a novel for adults. Read her complete bio!
NOTE: The information contained herein is provided for information purposes, and not intended as a substitute for advice or treatment that may or should be prescribed by your physician or recommended by your therapist.
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