If you were asked “how long should a couple date before getting married?” what would you say? 10 months? 2 years? A week? The truth is there is no magic number of months or years that make a couple ready for marriage. Six months may be more than enough time for one couple, but another couple may need six years.
Research shows that couples who are always moving forward in their relationship do experience greater stability and satisfaction than those who hold back from taking important steps. What really matters is the development of certain skills and characteristics that mature a couple enough to take the next step down the aisle. So what are these characteristics and how do you know if you are ready?
There is no one study that answers these questions, but a large collection of research highlights some of the most important characteristics of couples who will have the best chance for successfully making the transition into marriage.Coordinating Life Plans
According to Shmuel Shulman at the Bar Ilan University in Israel1, one of the main events that moves ... Read more »