A third of Brits (33 per cent) will have their first conversation about their long-term future within a year, whilst the big commitment milestones of engagement bling, wedded bliss and babies all happen after the first year.
The average couple gets engaged after two years (743 days), marries after just over three (1190 days) and has a family after almost four years of dating (1422 days).
Over a quarter (28 per cent) said they would wait at least six months before leaving their toothbrush round their partner’s house, whilst 40 per cent said the same for being given a drawer at their partners house.We always advise daters to ‘love your imperfections’. Single Father, a new BBC1 series starring David Tennant, shows a widowed father falling for a close friend of his wife a few months after her death. Just four months after commodities broker and dad of three Adam Quait, 38, lost his wife Joanne to cancer in June 2007, he fell for Lisa Gibbons, 36, a family friend. My 16-year-old daughter Paige is rampaging round the house looking for her schoolbag while, instead of sitting at the table, my nine-year-old son Kai is under it, fighting with his little sister Tallulah, six.Finally, in terms of when people can expect to find love, the research found that 27 is the average age British daters meet their partners, with women more likely to meet them earlier in life at age 25 than men at 28.Half (50%) of daters meet their partner in their 20s.