Jennifer Lopez is not yet ready to call Maksim Chmerkovskiy her boyfriend.

The singer-and-actress has been casually dating the professional dancer since breaking up with choreographer Casper Smart but she doesn't want to rush into another relationship.

And Jennifer won't let him meet her children, Max and Emme, six, with ex-husband Marc Anthony until things get serious.

A source told E! News: ''She does not want to get her kids involved in meeting another guy yet.

''This is so new. There has been a date here and there, but really they are good friends before anything else. Maks asks her for advice and she thinks he is super-talented and very hot. Obviously that is hard to ignore.''

However, the 45-year-old beauty - who has been married three times - is said to be ''open'' to finding lasting love.

The source added: ''They do text and communicate and she is open to dating in general right now.

''She still believes true love exists and wants to find that someday.''