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Dear Poll: What Happens When You're Ready to Marry and He's Not

Dear Poll: What Happens When You're Ready to Marry and He's Not


After sifting through the statistics, it looks as if both those couples who move into together for love and convenience (rent, proximity, pooling joint resources) and those couples who felt they needed a trial period are, in fact, more likely to divorce. However, those couples living together with active plans to marry do not divorce more than those who haven't lived together.

I get lots of questions about how to handle the marriage impasse. You've been together for several years, very likely living under the same roof, and you thought you'd be married by now or, at the least, engaged. But he seems to always have a legitimate reason to wait, or a way of ending the discussion that unsettles you.

Do you know anyone who is or has been in this situation? How did it turn out? And what do you think is the best way to handle it, when -- after several years -- you're ready to get married and he's not?

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