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Before bringing up the proposal conversation, ask yourself these four questions: Can you accept your relationship as it is, and remove/ give-up the expectation of marriage?
Many women are interested in getting married simply because it’s validated by society, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a ring in order to be happy and have children.
Couples who fell fast in love were engaged after nine months, and married after 18 months.
These couples usually made it to their seventh anniversary before divorcing sometime later.
If not, you may find yourself like Jennifer Aniston’s character in Bruce Almighty (she repeats this long-suffering role in “He’s Just not that Into You”) whose boyfriend needs literal divine intervention from God to get him to propose.
In real life God doesn’t make such obvious house calls.
And pressing someone for marriage might be brushing over the issues that keep him from proposing in the first place.
The relationship is traveling into their third (or sixth) year and nothing is wrong except these girls would like to take the relationship to the next level and their men have yet to agree.
Many couples are choosing to cohabit as an alternative to or dress rehearsal for marriage.
Research is mixed as to whether couples who live together prior to marriage are as satisfied as those that waited until after marriage.
On average, the couples in my study decided to marry 2.8 years after they first showed romantic interest (many couples knew each other before they dated, but that isn’t counted).
This may reflect growing trends in the delay of marriage.
Most say living together prior to getting engaged has less promising outcomes, but this might not reflect changing cultural acceptance.