I’ve recently had some conversations with a number of friends about relationships and specifically long-term relationships.
A common theme has been the sense of commitment that guys have – or in many cases have not – to getting married after a long term relationship with their partner.
Once a relationship has lasted for a number of years, it’s clear that many women, especially those who are over 30, may be thinking about having children and hoping that their partner might eventually get around to asking them to marry.
Yet on the subject of marriage, the male partner is frequently silent. And why not, because one could construe that he has everything he needs from the relationship and what’s the point in getting married. What indeed – unless his partner, for whatever reason, feels that marriage would make the relationship even more committed or that she would like to be married before she has a child.
So given the situation that many couples find themselves in, where they love each other and one partner wants to get married but the other is shying away from popping the question, what happens next?
Does the partner who wants to get married:
- Pop the question?
- Suggest they split up for a while?
- Finish the relationship?
- Get pregnant?
- Accept the other partners wishes and stay unmarried?
- Find some other solution
What do you think?