I was sure he was the one, I felt ready, and I knew he loved me back, so why not move ahead? Meanwhile, my husband was enjoying our dating relationship, felt no urge to get married right then, and only looked at me blankly when I tried to describe my feelings about the situation. Without even really realizing it, I responded with pressure. My pressure project had backfired.
No Engagement Ring
Dating: Dating 5 years no ring
Heidi Glenn. So you've been with your partner for a long time. It's time to start considering yourselves common-law married, a sort of "marriage-like" status that triggers when you've lived together for seven years. For one, common-law marriage, which traces its roots to old English law, isn't a nationwide thing. It exists in only a small number of states. Unless you live in one of those states, getting hitched will involve an official "I do" ceremony.
Dating five years and no proposal? Time for ultimatum
My boyfriend Tim and I have been dating for 5 years. Two of those five years we were in High School. Now we are both in college.
Dear Amy: Shortly after meeting my boyfriend five years ago, I moved into his apartment and we are very happy together. He is a hard-working and caring person — the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. Getting married has always been very important to me, and I always hoped that moving in together was a step in that direction. However, five years later, he has yet to propose and, though I often bring up the prospect of marrying someday, he never has much to say.