What we forget is that even if a person hasn’t just exited a relationship, aside from knowing our own boundaries (which can rule out certain things that we’ve already made a decision on in advance of), we cannot get all of the answers upfront or have someone tell us what ‘the ending’ will be.Each situation is different but what you can say with a high degree of certainty is that someone who’s just fallen out of their marriage, who’s still in reconciliation negotiations, who’s still very influenced by their spouse, and who has been separated for a long time ‘just because’, is going to bring pain into your life.By their own admission, membership in the Better Business Bureau improves a business' grade.

In actuality, the BBB is a private 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

According to their own statistics, 70% of consumers say they are more likely to buy from a BBB accredited business and 84% believe this BBB accreditation means a business meets high standards of trustworthiness.1 With this great brand awareness comes great responsibility to ensure that the BBB itself maintains high standards of trust and reliability, so that their ratings of businesses are accurate, fair, and true.=================================We the undersigned consumers and business owners hereby petition the Better Business Bureau, interested politicians, and government officials to take the following course of action to rectify what we believe to be a travesty with great economic costs. the Better Business Bureau's Double Standards In Grading Businesses Sign the Petition to U. Congress. BBB has made it clear by their actions that they have no interest in protecting the consumer or playing the role of a consumer advocacy organization.

What you have to keep in mind is that separated is still married until the divorce is finalised and that means that there’s likely to be emotional as well as legal ties.

It would be handy if we could avoid the vulnerability that comes with doing the due diligence and taking appropriate action where needed.

The Better Business Bureau, one of the country's best known consumer watchdog groups, is being accused by business owners of running a "pay for play" scheme in which A plus ratings are awarded to those who pay membership fees, and F ratings used to punish those who don't.==================UPDATE: December 2010Rip-off Report first Reported about the BBB in the original article below back in February 2000.

The BBB threatened to sue Rip-off Report because we also use the name .. World News Videos | US News Videos Rip-off Report supports and assists all branches of government agencies since 1998, and many times have asked the FTC, why are they not looking into the BBB and the way they do business misleading consumers to do business with bad companies where the BBB hides complaints about their members who are ripping of unsuspecting consumers into doing business with them. Why is the BBB listed in local phone books under Government Agencies?We can take the period of time since the breakup into account but we also need to note whether actions matching words are amounting to somebody who is available for a mutual, consistent, balanced (no pedestals / controlling), progressing relationship that can blossom into increasing intimacy and commitment. It’s very easy to look at a person’s age, background, what they earn, their relationship history, their appearance, their divorce, and whatever else we’re focusing on, and rule them in or out on this basis, but in the end, regardless of any of these things, we still have to assess our own boundaries and do the due diligence. If you typically struggle with the uncertainty that comes with being with somebody who still has their previous relationship to resolve, or you know based on experience that you’ve had your fingers burned by being involved with separated or recently broken up people, don’t go there.spend with a person means that we get to see if actions and words match and whether what we thought or they suggested was on the cards is actually happening. A person cannot promise not to hurt you or that their marriage breaking up isn’t going to affect you hence if the possibility of either of these happening sends fear ripping through you, know your own boundaries instead of playing the breakup slot machine again. ‘Recent’ is of course subjective but it’s safe to say that if you become involved with someone who is weeks or even days out of their prior relationship, you’re gonna get some blowback.The Better Business Bureau has compromised their ethics and lost the trust of the business About Top Myth About The BBB1. Of all the myths and misunderstandings about the BBB, the erroneous belief that they are a government regulatory organization is the most pervasive.In a recent straw poll, over 70% of respondents incorrectly thought that the BBB was a government organization.I get so many emails asking me about whether to date someone who is separated, recently divorced, or even fresh out of a breakup that I wanted to tackle this tricky subject.