Dating length marriage
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.
There is actually a lower divorce rate now than in the 80s, and what marriage means on a societal level is also changing.Are these guys patient or just stringing them along? As it turns out, there isn’t a lot of recent research on the courtship length prior to marriage.Decades ago the statistics ranged from six to fourteen months.They are in committed relationships, they just don't feel ready for marriage.So, as far as I can tell, the time of dating before marriage depends on the age of the people in the relationship. I'm sure you're going to hear from people who got married at 19 after dating a few month, and people in their 40's who got married after 20 years together.Couples I know who were over 30 when they met often got engaged after a year, and married a year after that.
For the couples in long term relationships, I wouldn't really call it dating.
Most say living together prior to getting engaged has less promising outcomes, but this might not reflect changing cultural acceptance.
If not, are you ready or willing to take a stand for what you want?
So the younger they are when they start dating, the longer they date before marriage.
I know many couples that met in college (myself included) who were "dating" for as long as ten years before marriage.
Is there a difference between couples that met recently and those in Huston’s study?