Average length of dating before engagement

05-Aug-2016 22:45

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.

The Long: New Yorkers Dan and Emma were both anti-marriage when they first met, but after dating four and a half years — and getting a legal domestic partnership — they decided it was a good way to go.

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These couples usually made it to their seventh anniversary before divorcing sometime later.

: "When you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as quickly as possible." But remake the movie with urban twentysomethings circa 2013, it's "as soon as I can finish my masters" or "get that promotion" or "afford a bigger apartment." Many couples are stretching out their engagements for as long as their friends and family will let them.

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