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How long should should a couple date before an engagement?

Jul 17th 2014

  • 1-6 Months - 6.6%
  • 7-12 Months - 24.0%
  • 1-2 Years - 31.5%
  • 3-4 Years - 3.4%
  • When the time feels right. - 32.9%
  • Other (comment below) - 1.7%

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October 13th, 2014 - Shanon-1141168 said:

My parents married after 90 days in the Church. I have never seen two people more in love they had 8 children and celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary ! My father was on his death bed and when my mom walked in the room his eyes still lit up. That wasn't the result of a perfect life but a life of struggles overcome. I know other couples who have dated 7 or 8 years and 5 years later are divorced. I think love and marriage are a decision of commitment. By not being sexual early in a relationship you spend that time getting to really know that person and like them for who they are. Only the 2 of you can know you level and understanding of commitment and if they are the same.

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September 23rd, 2014 - Brent-1036650 said:

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September 22nd, 2014 - Elizabeth-730125 said:

I'm inclined to say, "When the time feels right," however, I tend to think that at age 30+, one should be able to discern the appropriateness of a spouse within 6 months.

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September 21st, 2014 - Adam-1082780 said:

@Sandra, Catholics ARE Christian

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September 20th, 2014 - Alma-953915 said:

I think that it's important to get to know the person you're dating through experiences and not necessarily basing it off of years.

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September 20th, 2014 - Maricela-1023236 said:

It really depends. I know couples who married after 1-2 months and are still together 20-30-40 years later. I know other couples who married after 10 years of dating to only divorce 6 months later. Personally, I would prefer to marry after 2-3 years.

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September 19th, 2014 - Sandra-1026724 said:

I've been divorced and found that in 1 year you really don't know someone. Maybe it was that my ex-husband and I have different ethnic backgrounds that may have affected our marriage as well as both of our views and religion. He was Nigerian and I'm Hispanic. He a Christian and I'm a Catholic. We only got married by justice of the peace because of his views. I didn't want to go against what he thought since I respected him and loved him. That chapter is now over and I'm ready to move on, but personally I don't think 1 - 2 years is not enough to know someone.

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Poll Demographics

1-6 Months (271 votes)
Overall Response
6.4%
Men
6.1%
Women
6.6%
18-25 yr olds
3.6%
26-35 yr olds
6.4%
36-50 yr olds
8.2%
51+ yr olds
6.1%
7-12 Months (1030 votes)
Overall Response
24.3%
Men
23.3%
Women
25.2%
18-25 yr olds
18.7%
26-35 yr olds
27.9%
36-50 yr olds
24.1%
51+ yr olds
23.8%
1-2 Years (1325 votes)
Overall Response
31.3%
Men
33.1%
Women
29.7%
18-25 yr olds
38.8%
26-35 yr olds
30.7%
36-50 yr olds
28.8%
51+ yr olds
30.4%
3-4 Years (142 votes)
Overall Response
3.4%
Men
4.2%
Women
2.7%
18-25 yr olds
5.4%
26-35 yr olds
3.3%
36-50 yr olds
3.0%
51+ yr olds
2.7%
When the time feels right. (1403 votes)
Overall Response
33.1%
Men
31.8%
Women
34.2%
18-25 yr olds
31.9%
26-35 yr olds
30.7%
36-50 yr olds
33.8%
51+ yr olds
35.3%
Other (comment below) (67 votes)
Overall Response
1.6%
Men
1.5%
Women
1.6%
18-25 yr olds
1.6%
26-35 yr olds
1.0%
36-50 yr olds
2.1%
51+ yr olds
1.6%