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

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I get asked a lot of relationship-themed questions given where I work, and one of them is from women with boyfriends who want to know how long to wait for the ring.

These aren’t women who have been dating for two months, but rather women who are in long-term relationships.

Most say living together prior to getting engaged has less promising outcomes, but this might not reflect changing cultural acceptance.

If not, are you ready or willing to take a stand for what you want?

If not, you may find yourself like Jennifer Aniston’s character in Bruce Almighty (she repeats this long-suffering role in “He’s Just not that Into You”) whose boyfriend needs literal divine intervention from God to get him to propose.

In real life God doesn’t make such obvious house calls.

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.

Read this question as- are you strong enough to leave?