Catholic teaching on dating
The answer to this seemingly straightforward question is “it depends.” It depends on your individual situation and your view of dating and what that means to you.It also depends on how you were previously married and whether the form of that marriage was valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church.This means that reflecting on who you are, what your vocation is, and what the Lord wants for you can help you determine if the timing in your life is ripe for dating.In a practical sense consider trying this simple exercise to discern whether it is the Lord’s will for you to start dating again: Simply close your eyes and pray for the Lord to show you what he wants for your life.This means that the former spouses are still deemed married while the Tribunal investigates to determine whether there was a sacramental marriage.
In this type of situation, generally speaking, it is not clear as to whether the marriage will be declared a nullity, but rather such marriages are presumed valid.
Divorced Catholics are free to receive the sacraments and have not committed a sin by getting a divorce.
This is one of the misconceptions about being divorced.
In order to give a clearer answer, we need to address what the Catholic Church teaches about divorce.
You may not realize this but getting divorced is actually not a sin.
I actually use this technique quite a bit, and it is amazing how once you clear your mind the Lord can really speak to you.