Life as you know it changes once you hold that tiny bundle of joy in your arms. Sometimes marriages or relationships don't work out, but things do work out for the best. Luckily, the relationship with your child never ends.
If the separation has been bitter and difficult, then it can take much longer to develop the incentive to meet other people. When and if you choose to date is entirely up to you.
There comes a time for many single parents when they want to start dating again.
This is not a sign of becoming detached from their children or being lonely, but simply reflects a need for other adult company and to have some fun.
Lots of single parents feel they are still young enough to potentially form a new relationship with someone else.
The thought of remaining single for the rest of their life is just not for them.
There is no ideal time after separation when dating should begin.