How To Tell If He's Looking For Marriage


How To Tell If He's Looking For Marriage
If your desperate to tie the knot, don't mess around. Find out if he's ready.

You're a single woman, in your twenties or thirties. You're looking for marriage and kids. You don't want to waste your precious "fertility years" dating men who are not interested in or ready for marriage and family. Good for you! Here's the conundrum, and the solution.

The Conundrum: Understanding a Man's Intentions


As a professional matchmaker in Los Angeles, I've orchestrated over 1000 marriages over these past 20 years. I love to watch statistics. Of the 26,000 single people I've privately inventoried, women are three times more likely to check the "I want to be married" box. Men are more likely to say "Maybe, depends on who I meet." There's an even bigger difference in the responses to the question: "Who wants to have children?"

Women will say "yes" to that question four to five times as often as men who again, tend to check the box, "Maybe, depends on who I meet." Yet, just as many men are marrying as women, and just as many men are fathering as women are mothering!

Here's what my experience in professional matchmaking and dating coaching has demonstrated to me:

  • A man needs to have a woman in his life before he can envision the level of commitment that marriage and kids is for him.
  • Today's single woman often make the misguided assumption that men are commitment phobic. They really just want to play the field and they don't want to be with just one woman.

But, before we buy into that frame of reference, let's take a step back to look at the marriages that have fallen apart. Two thirds of the divorces in the U.S. are initiated not by men, but by women. Interesting, right?

It's possible that, as women, we might commit more readily than men do. But we might be conditionally committal. Which means we are more likely to abandon the marriage if something goes awry (he loses his job, he picks up an addiction, he's unfaithful or the relationship loses its spark).

The statistics reveal to us that men actually prefer to stay in the relationship.

The message?

Don't dismiss a man too quickly if he's not jumping right away at the chance for marriage and kids.

The Solution: Get your message across ASAP.

Is he looking for marriage? Does he want to have kids?

To a single woman who's dating in her 20s or 30s, there's no question that's more important to ask. Yet we don't want to come across as being "the girl with the ticking clock." So, here's how:

  • If you're dating online or if you're privately registered with your local matchmakers, make it crystal clear on your profile that you're seeking single men for marriage and a child (or children). This way, the guy who's uncomfortable with your plan will run, not walk in the other direction.
  • Before saying "yes" to a man who's inviting you out, qualify him for this important element. "Sounds like fun. Could be a good idea, if we're both dating with the same purpose. I'm a good fit for a man who is a "yes" or a strong "maybe" on the issue of marriage and kids. What do you envision for your future?"
  • If you're uncomfortable asking this question right up front, it's ok to drop the question on the first, second or third date. Be very careful not to let attraction and romance take over before you get the answer to that pesky question. Once you've bonded to each other, which always happens for women during intimacy, you can lose weeks, months and years of your life dating a man who might never be the one to give you the marriage the family you so desire.
  • If you are sincerely looking for marriage and motherhood, do not become exclusive with a man until you know you are on the same page regarding your long-term plans for relationship.

He should be dating only you and you should be aligned on the type of relationship you want for yourselves, both in the present and for the future. If the plans don't line up, part as friends and move on lovingly and respectfully.

Julie Ferman has been a personal matchmaker and dating coach since 1990, with over 1100 marriages to her credit. Single men and women are welcome to register privately, for free, to be eligible for personal matchmaking referrals throughout the U.S., Canada and the world. Julie provides a full menu of personal matchmaking and dating coaching services, by invitation. Her mission is to dignify and simplify the love search process for selective, relationship-minded professionals. Visit her website at

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Julie Ferman

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Julie Ferman, Master of Matchmaking

Awarded Best Matchmaker: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 by iDate and Online Personals Watch

Location: Westlake Village, CA
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Specialties: Dating/Being Single Support, Life Management, Matchmaking
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