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?

Many women are interested in getting married simply because it’s validated by society, but that doesn’t mean you have to have a ring in order to be happy and have children.

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

Much has changed in the last thirty years, and those in my study are still reporting general satisfaction in their marriages.

There is actually a lower divorce rate now than in the 80s, and what marriage means on a societal level is also changing.

They have seemingly great mates who have jobs and call their moms and open doors to restaurants- but haven’t yet popped the question.

The relationship is traveling into their third (or sixth) year and nothing is wrong except these girls would like to take the relationship to the next level and their men have yet to agree.

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.

You are not a used car salesman trying to get rid of shoddy goods.

It might hurt to be alone, but it’s better for you in the long run than being in an unhappy marriage.

Couples who fell fast in love were engaged after nine months, and married after 18 months.