Dating before marriage time
Or, a couple may be “in a relationship” for a decade, finally get married, and then split up in the first year.
It really depends on the people involved, and the reasons why they get married when they do. Most people realize that you shouldn’t get married too quickly after meeting someone, and the one long-term study I’ve found on the subject seems to back that up.
It takes time to find out if your future plans sync up.
That high usually starts to wear off in six months to a year, and those behaviors you thought you could live with or were even cute and quirky—for example, his forgetfulness or penchant for being 10 minutes late for everything—suddenly become super annoying potential deal breakers.
If we act like we're married before we've made that commitment, we're defrauding (and sinning).
I don't know whether you've noticed this, but people involved in a dating relationship tend to get to know each other better over the course of that relationship.
Would you ever give your significant other an ultimatum, and how long would you wait?
It’s a question that comes up occasionally within a singles ministry.