Dating 10 years before marriage

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.

Decades ago the statistics ranged from six to fourteen months.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.If you are focused on the subject, are you missing issues sitting just on the periphery? On one hand, if either of you are still in college or graduate school and not financially stable it might not be a good idea.But a 30-something guy in a multi-year relationship with a steady job doesn’t have that same excuse. Maybe he really is just saving up his pennies and has a plan in place.

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