Having a child together could feel like more than just dating, or you might have chosen not to be together anymore; there is no one way that relationships must work.
Another possibility is that you and your partner are married.
Keep these questions in mind: Hooking up is a broad term, but generally it refers to casual encounters between people who can be friends but don’t have to be.
They may or may not be your only partner and can include sex.
We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!
No matter how you define dating, it’s important to remember that abuse can occur within all kinds of intimate relationships.
Many parents set a dating age for their kids according to their culture, views and beliefs.
Consider talking to your parents, family and friends to see what their thoughts are.
Whether you call it “dating” or something else, all partners should agree on a definition and the same ground rules for the relationship.
There are other types of relationships that might not be considered dating that are just as real and valid.
Maybe you have a child with somebody but do not consider yourself to be in a dating relationship with that person.
If you think that talking to your parents might be hard, start with your friends or other adults you trust.
Ultimately, what matters is that you personally feel ready and confident to make this decision.