Coping with Older/Younger Relationships/dating schedule


Hello Azure.

In general, from your experience in life.

How long should a couple date before getting exclusive and committing to each other?

How long should a couple date before proposing marriage?

Is it better or not for a couple to live together before marriage?

How long should the engagement period be before getting married?

Thanks :)

all these answers depend on the couple; exclusivity should be considered when both parties express no interest in seeing anyone else; this could happen after a handful of dates, or take longer; as for marriage, i'd suggest at least weekly dating for at least 2 years; as for living together, to me it's pretty similar to marriage; there's pros/cons; the pros are you get an idea of what it would be like before making it a legal matter; the the cons--many that begin living together may never even bother once the're already sharing a life; as for the engagement, i wouldn't commit to anything that goes more than 18 months into the future...but as i said, there could be circumstances that would alter these answers...

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