Can I consider myself single now that the decision has been made? When I file? Or when it's final? I'm anxious to be FREE!
When am I "single"?
We were never married, so this might not apply, but I considered myself officially single when we were no longer living together (in this case I moved out into my own place with the kids.) For the 3 months after the decision was made but before I moved out, I would just say I was in the midst of a separation if my marital status came up :)
With a divorce, I think lots of people consider themselves single when someone moves out since a final judgment can take so long, but a case can be made for waiting for the final paperwork to go through. I'd do whatever feels right to you :)
Micah_Mae, you are single whenever you feel it. There's no right answer. Personally I felt like a single parent when he left me but I didn't feel free to date until I was officially divorced. That was just my personal feeling, I know I lot of people who felt the urge to date as soon as they had physically separated from their spouses. Two of my neighbors are single moms and started dating immediately upon separation.
I didn't accept date proposals until the day the judge signed the divorce decree. That was almost 8 months ago and o.m.g. it is CRAZY out there. I applaud your decision to not date and after a few terrifying experiences, I think I'm with you.