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When dating after an annulment, when is it appropriate to introduce children?

Jul 17th 2014

  • Right away - 14.0%
  • 1-3 months - 8.1%
  • 4-6 months - 8.1%
  • When it feels right. - 62.8%
  • After an engagement. - 1.2%
  • When my ex-spouse says that it is okay - 1.2%
  • Other (comment below) - 4.7%

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July 21st, 2015 - Trina-1213437 said:

Always wait, and introduce as a friend until they suggest or the children are ready.

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May 27th, 2015 - Blanca-1165808 said:

It all depends on the age of the children, even two year olders remember things when they grow up. Waiting at least a year or more will create a friendly atmosphere so everybody will get used to each other. If it does not work at least they might have a friend.

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May 26th, 2015 - Marie-1132363 said:

I guess I would have to go with the "When it feels right." I am extremely caseous about introducing my sons to someone I'm dating because I know how desperately they want a dad who lives with us. I don't want to parade men through their lives. I don't want them to get attached and then get hurt if it doesn't work out. They deserve to be blessed with a man who wants to take them in as his own.

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December 21st, 2014 - George-913147 said:

As a person who loves children and always wanted my own but was not lucky enough I believe that a child or children are a blessing from God so as soon as you are comfortable then it is the time

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September 23rd, 2014 - Timothy-887387 said:

Well put Lissa, patrick and Esther.

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September 14th, 2014 - Esther-1130734 said:

It depends on their ages.

You don't want kids bonding with people and then having them go away. If that's not a concern anymore, than I would ask the kids when they are comfortable meeting the date, or better yet, pray about and let the Holy Spirit direct your steps

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September 1st, 2014 - Patrick-1127950 said:

How can I say this nice. A Man that cannot accept children is not a man at all and SPECIALLY not a god Catholic man. The only problem I would have with meeting the children right away is that children are easy to grow an attachment to and children may become attached to the person. Give it a while and if it seems like it will work then introduce the children but NEVER hide the fact that you have children.

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Poll Demographics

Right away (11 votes)
Overall Response
16.4%
Men
35.0%
Women
8.5%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
44.4%
36-50 yr olds
10.0%
51+ yr olds
16.7%
1-3 months (4 votes)
Overall Response
6.0%
Men
0.0%
Women
8.5%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
11.1%
36-50 yr olds
6.7%
51+ yr olds
4.2%
4-6 months (6 votes)
Overall Response
9.0%
Men
5.0%
Women
10.6%
18-25 yr olds
75.0%
26-35 yr olds
0.0%
36-50 yr olds
6.7%
51+ yr olds
4.2%
When it feels right. (42 votes)
Overall Response
62.7%
Men
55.0%
Women
66.0%
18-25 yr olds
25.0%
26-35 yr olds
33.3%
36-50 yr olds
73.3%
51+ yr olds
66.7%
After an engagement. (0 votes)
Overall Response
0.0%
Men
0.0%
Women
0.0%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
0.0%
36-50 yr olds
0.0%
51+ yr olds
0.0%
When my ex-spouse says that it is okay (1 votes)
Overall Response
1.5%
Men
5.0%
Women
0.0%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
0.0%
36-50 yr olds
0.0%
51+ yr olds
4.2%
Other (comment below) (3 votes)
Overall Response
4.5%
Men
0.0%
Women
6.4%
18-25 yr olds
0.0%
26-35 yr olds
11.1%
36-50 yr olds
3.3%
51+ yr olds
4.2%