If the separation has been bitter and difficult, then it can take much longer to develop the need to meet other people. When and if you choose to date is entirely up to you.
There are lots of reasons why single parents want to start dating.
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.
After I went back to campus each time Mom said, ‘I never get to see you! When asked what she wishes her mom would do differently while dating, Rachel, a smart young graduate student, replied, “I wish she would recognize her own impulsivity and emotional rollercoaster.She does and says things without recognizing that to some extent our whole family is dating this guy.With the correct etiquette, a boyfriend can earn the trust of parents and his girlfriend will also breathe a sigh of relief that her parents approve of her choice.With any luck, her parents will be nice, sweet people, and won't sit you under a bright light and proceed to grill you.