Couples who date for 3 years or more have better chances of staying together and a more stable marriage.The findings mimic those of a 2006 study which found that couples who have dated less than 6 months before marriage had the highest divorce rate.And the survery concludes the same for engagement rings: "Spending between ,000 and ,000 on an engagement ring is associated with a 1.3 times greater hazard of divorce as compared to spending between 0 and ,000." The study found that when the couple has over 200 guests at their wedding, their chances of divorce decrease by 92 percent.
Couples that went to religious services and those that went away on a honeymoon had lower chances of divorcing.
According to the findings, couples who went on a honeymoon were 41 percent less likely to divorce, while those who never attend church are twice as likely to divorce.
In other words, the key to a long lasting marriage stems not from a lot of money, but love, mutual trust and support.
I’ve been getting into it recently with some readers who have a slightly different take on when people should get engaged. One reader on my Facebook page wrote: “When a man’s in love he wants to propose as soon as he can.” Needless to say, I disagree with that. If you expect your marriage to be otherwise, you’ve got a big surprise waiting for you.
There are MANY men who propose as soon as they can when they’re in love. In it, Professor Ted Huston studies 168 couples for ten years. “Researchers saw some typical changes that take place in all marriages during the first couple of years: fewer overt displays of affection; less sex; and fewer leisure activities together, as the relationship evolves from a romantic, recreational relationship to something like a working partnership.” This is all normal and predictable, says the married dating coach.