Jennifer Garner wants the next person she dates to be 'in it for the long run' (Exclusive)

Jennifer Garner has little interest in dating these days.

A source tells ET that the Love, Simon star is in no rush to return to the dating scene.

"She wants to be very careful and very selective when she does find the time to date -- because of the kids,” the source says. “She hasn't made dating a priority.”

And when she is ready, she'll be looking for commitment.

“Jen wants to make sure that when she finally does decide she is ready for romance that her next man is in it for the long run,” the source explains.

While the source adds that Garner does enjoy nights out with friends, she's focused more heavily on family, health and her career.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Jennifer Garner is seen on June 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Jennifer Garner is seen on June 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stav/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on June 02, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stav/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Jennifer Garner is seen on May 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Jennifer Garner attends City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Jennifer Garner is seen on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Jennifer Garner is seen on April 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: Actress Jennifer Garner attends CinemaCon 2018 STXfilms Invites You to an Evening Featuring A Sneak Preview of Their Feature Films at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Jennifer Garner seen on the streets of Manhattan on April 12, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Garner
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Jennifer Garner seen on the streets of Manhattan on April 11, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Garner
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Jennifer Garner seen out and about in Manhattan on April 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
Jennifer Garner attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 90th Academy Awards at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California, on March 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Jennifer Garner arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Jennifer Garner is seen on February 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Jennifer Garner is seen on February 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Jennifer Garner is seen on January 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Jennifer Garner attends the Screening Of IFC Films' 'The Tribes Of Palos Verdes' at the Ray Kurtzman Theater on November 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Jennifer Garner attends the premiere of 'The Tribes of Palos Verdes' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: (L-R) Joe Keery, Maika Monroe and Jennifer Garner attend the premiere of 'The Tribes of Palos Verdes' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on November 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Jennifer Garner is seen on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Jennifer Garner attends the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 11, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Actress Jennifer Garner is seen walking in Soho on October 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Actress and Save the Children Trustee Jennifer Garner attends the 5th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Save The Children)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Actress Jennifer Garner is seen walking in Soho on October 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Jennifer Garner is seen on October 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actors Jennifer Garner and Maika Monroe attend the red carpet for 'The Tribes of Palos Verdes' at UA2 East Hampton Cinema 6 during Hamptons International Film Festival 2017 - Day Two on October 6, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23: Jennifer Garner is seen on August 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Jennifer Garner is seen on September 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 01: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's mother Christine Anne Boldt are seen on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 26: Jennifer Garner is seen on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02: Jennifer Garner is seen on July 02, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 06: Jennifer Garner attends NET-A-PORTER x Draper James Event on June 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for NET-A-PORTER)
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“She is back. She has thrown herself into her work and her success,” the source says. “She is killing it and those [closest to her] couldn't be more proud.”

Recently, the 45-year-old actress trekked out to Hawaii, bringing the children to visit ex-husband Ben Affleck for Easter. And as for her career, aside from Love, Simon premiering to critical acclaim, Garner is starring alongside Lena Dunham in the upcoming revenge thriller Peppermint, due to release in September.

"She is excited for the release of Peppermint. She talks a lot about working with Lena Dunham. She is really excited,” the source says. “Men are last on Jen's list. First comes her children, then her career and then a man.”

Additionally, perhaps she simply needs more time to mourn her recently deceased chicken, Regina George.

Although her love life is not her focus right now, Garner and her Love, Simon co-star Josh Duhamel did recently have to address rumors that they had begun dating. The pair laughed off those reports while talking to ET at the film's premiere in March, with Duhamel saying, "She deserves somebody far better than me."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on November 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 06: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on March 06, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stone-e/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are seen on October 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on October 03, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor/director Ben Affleck (L) and wife actress Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen holding hands on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen with their daughter, Seraphina Affleck on February 06, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - November 07: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 07, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on July 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ben Affleck' Episode 1641 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck during the monologue on May 18, 2013 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Actors Jennifer Garner (L) and Ben Affleck attend the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Chrysler, Kids Tent by Hasbro Studios, at John Varvatos Los Angeles on March 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for John Varvatos)
Argo director Ben Affleck kisses his wife actress Jennifer Garner after winning the Oscar for Best Movie at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Ben Affleck (L) and Jennifer Garner attend the Charles Finch and Chanel Pre-BAFTA cocktail party and dinner at Annabel's on February 9, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) 23116_016_1209.jpg
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attend Variety's 4th Annual Power of Women Event Presented by Lifetime at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Argo' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 4, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck attends 'Argo' Post Premiere Party - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are seen on November 04, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG004/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Reporting by Adriane Schwartz

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