Average dating time before marriage uk

Most say living together prior to getting engaged has less promising outcomes, but this might not reflect changing cultural acceptance.

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Ted Huston, a leading researcher on transitions in relationships, marriage and parenthood, followed couples for 13 years starting in 1979.

He states in his study that happily married couples dated for approximately 25 months before getting married. Couples who were unhappily married soon after they said “I do” and quickly divorced more often married at or after three years.

Only time will tell how modern marriages are growing and changing from those started long ago.

What do these timelines mean for you still waiting for your man to propose?

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.

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.

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?

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