That he’s been single long enough
Maybe a guy is truly single, but he just severed ties from someone else like…last week. Even if you want to believe he’s ready to date, you know he isn’t. You can set the standard for yourself that you only date men who have been single for a certain amount of time (for example, at least three months). If this guy is coming off a, say, eight-year marriage with children, you may want to increase that time period. You deserve someone who can give you his full attention, and who has the emotional capacity to give towards a new relationship right now. Men who are fresh off of breakups rarely meet that criteria.