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Relationships Can you really stay close friends with an ex? Meet the people who have Staying on good terms with a former partner — to help bear the loss and keep the friends — is all the rage.

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Even now, I still have love for him, though I have no romantic or sexual attraction to him at all. The research supports that notion. And that's not healthy for anyone. The lines are murkier for couples without children, but Sussman says those who dated when they were young, were friends first, dated casually or were together only for a short time are good candidates for friendship.

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As with my first ex, the sexual and romantic attraction faded, but the love did not. Whatever the case may be, "if your partner works with their ex, there is no way they will be able avoid seeing or talking to each other," Rappaport says. However, if either of you is seeing someone else, this can also add another layer of complication.

In fact, in many ways, "remaining on friendly terms I once tried befriending an ex right after we broke up, but I ended up crushed that we were only friends and jealous when he mentioned love interests.

Can you really stay close friends with an ex? meet the people who have

Joy Smith. If this is a problem for them, you might want to suggest that they cut ties with them completely.

Gina Decio and Rob Carter. For Gina Decio, 36, and Rob Carter, 41, in fact, the ambition to be on good terms for the sake of their nine-year-old daughter caused their divorce, one month after they celebrated their tenth anniversary. If you feel bad, though, there may be a reason why. That means letting yourself feel your emotions — sadness, frustration, rejection, resentment or some combination thereof — rather than bottling them up.

And there's nothing wrong with that.

Once you love someone, you always will. And as long as everyone's OK with it, then this type of friendship can be perfectly healthy.

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Are there clear and healthy boundaries? But as their partner, you can encourage them iwth move on. A good test, deVos said, is to imagine sitting with your ex at a coffee shop and seeing a witth pop up on their phone that says they have a new match on a dating app. Henry says, "if the ex makes disparaging comments about [you] or is constantly friendx inappropriate or romantic gestures, the two should not be friends.

Our son, Lewis, actually posted that picture on his Facebook ; he was proud that both of his parents came to his graduation. Perhaps you can find a boulder homly girls that helps your partner feel comfortable, like only hanging out with your ex in a group. Not to mention, by remaining friends with their ex, "this will lead to your partner not to being able to move past their baggage," therapist Kimberly Hershenson, LMSW tells Bustle.

Think about how that would make you feel: Would you be indifferent? Are you giving the new relationship a [fair] chance to really flourish or blossom? We set up our ex to disappoint us, and we set ourselves up to be angry, hurt or disappointed should our expectations not pan out. If your partner feels uncomfortable about your friendship with your ex, you should ask yourself whether they have a reason to be.

And that's fine. Our friendship is the most important thing for our daughter and our partners understand that.

When to stay friends with an ex

We asked therapists to share the s that you should probably hold off for now. Note that in some cases, particularly if the relationship was abusive or otherwise toxictrying to be friends could be damaging or even dangerous. The ex might even make an effort to become friends with you, which is pretty rfiends the ultimate things are a-OK.

In that case, as Bennett says, "remaining friends is a bad idea. If your relationship is healthy, your partner should be willing to end this type of unhealthy friendship. The first time I fell in love, I honored this belief.

The ex could still feel like there is hope and that could complicate your current relationship. It may be because they enjoy each other's company, or simply because they see each other everyday and need to remain civil.

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Her general recommendation is to wait at least six months before thinking about a friendship, though the amount of time may vary depending on Swingers Personals in Joiner couple, the seriousness of the prior relationship and how it ended. After breaking up with her boyfriend of about a year and a half, Brett stayed friends with him — and fell into an on-again, off-again relationship that lasted for more than five years.

Maybe irate? In the back of your mind, are you holding out hope qith you two might reconcile?

How frienrs stay friendly with an ex If you decide to try a friendship with an ex, Sussman suggests taking a break first. But take note if your partner only reaches out to their ex when they're upset, or in moments when they're mad at you.

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She even organised my last birthday frlends. Once that's happened, they may decide to redefine their relationship and shift back into friendship mode. When to cut ties with an ex Under no circumstances should a relationship that was abusive, manipulative or toxic transition into a friendship, Sussman says.

So if anything makes you feel uncomfortable, be sure to speak up. You still care about this person, after all.

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That may be especially true if you were never friends before you dated, Sussman says. It may be a good idea, however, for you to become a part of the group as well. By Carolyn Steber Aug. Studies suggest that couples who remain in contact for the same reasons — whether those are pragmatic or sentimental — are more likely to have successful friendships, while staying in touch because of unresolved romantic desires is a predictor of negative outcomes.