Assure your new partner that she or he is a priority and provides what you want and need now.
In general, anger is an uncommon reaction, unless you haven't been forthright to begin with.
He jokes, "Women that don't have children and don't want to have children don't really talk to me." Although the divorce rate is the lowest it's been since 1970 (3.6 per 1,000 people), about 40 to 45 percent of all marriages will end in divorce, according to an Associated Press estimate.
A Dutch study this year showed that reduces one's chances of having a new, successful relationship -- slightly more for women than for men. It's no wonder newly dating divorcees may be hesitant to mention the details.
He wondered how that (not to mention his three children, ages 19, 11 and 9) would affect his future dating life.
The fitness-business owner says it hasn't been much of a hindrance. "At my age, a lot of the women I meet have children themselves, so it's generally a back-and-forth over each other's children," says Lee.
"I suspected that this man wasn't over his marriage, which made sense -- after all, he wasn't even divorced yet," she says."The overarching fear is that your 'baggage' will bring unhappiness into his or her life," says Hartman.