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10 Questions Guys Need To Answer BEFORE Getting Married

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Do not get married until it feels right inside.

Marriage is one of, if not the most important, decisions you will ever make. Yet, many folks take this life-changing decision lightly.

Nowadays, the divorce rate exceeds fifty percent and until recent times, who had ever heard of a "starter marriage"? Take it from a Guy’s Guy. Don’t get married until you are absolutely certain that she is the one or you will pay a big price for your folly.

I know so many guys who either married too young, grew apart from their spouses, or decided they wanted to trade in their partner for a younger, hotter model. They all have one thing in common and they’re paying for it now.

Now, I’m not saying that when two people become partners in this fast paced modern world, it is always going to work out just fine. No sir, amigo. Sh*t happens and some of it hits you in the face when you least expect it. And it’s not necessarily your fault or that of your spouse.

Life gets complicated, so unless you are a true risk taker, I suggest you do your homework and then think long and hard before getting married. If this sounds harrowing, it shouldn’t. Getting married to the right woman can be the best thing that ever happens to a guy. Take it from one who waited before finally hitting the jackpot.

How to know if she's the one?

My experience confirmed what my gut told me. Do not get married until it feels right inside. And when you find that special woman, you’ll breeze through my list of ten questions guys needs to ask themselves before getting married.

When it feels right inside and the stars are aligned, the answers come quickly and they’re affirming. I hope they work for you the way they worked for me:

1. "Am I truly ready to be married?"

Marriage is a lifelong commitment. And it’s no joke, so make damn sure you’re aware of what you’re signing up for before you take that leap.

Marriage means you are entering a partnership built on a bond built on love, trust, and respect. I strongly suggest that you look inside and ask yourself if getting married feels like the right decision. If there is any hesitation, take a deep breath and ask yourself again. If your underlying hesitation remains, you might want to reconsider your options.

Ignore any outside pressures. This is your life, amigo. You hold the answers inside your heart.

If you're not sure if marriage is for you, watch this TED Talk by Jenna McCarthy on how marriages really work.

 

2. "What kind of future will I have with her?"

Do your best to peek into your shared future and visualize the kind of life that awaits the two of you. Where do you want to live, work, play, vacation, travel, settle down and buy a home, and spend your sunset days together? These questions can go on and on.

Do your best to "see" your future with this lady. If you like what you see, proceed to the next question

3. "Will I be content not having sex with other women for the rest of my life?"

This is usually an unspoken area, but in many ways for a guy, it becomes the issue. And if you are a horn dog like me, you’ll want a woman in total sync with your sex stylings. If she is the only one you’ll be rumpling the sheets with, you two better be simpatico about sex.

Maybe, and this is a long shot, you both will be cool with an open marriage. It could happen, but don’t count on it. Unless you are a douche, once you tie the knot, your prowling nights are over.

Yeah, you can always look at the menu, but ultimately the big dogs like to eat. Make sure you are cool with this.

4. "What are her expectations?" 

Guess what? It’s not all about you. If she’s going to invest her body, mind, and spirit in commune with you for what could be her entire life, she deserves to know what she’s getting into. If you think she’s the one for you, make sure you don’t hold back any creepy secrets that would give her pause.

Let her know about your dreams and aspirations and how you’ll be there for her. Then, ask her what she expects from you along the way. It’s only fair that you are transparent and that you feel comfortable with her needs.

 

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5. "Do we both want kids?"

This can be a deal breaker. Everyone has their own vision of what their future family will look like, and not every woman wants to have kids or wants to stay home and care for them. So if you want three kids and she wants none or she wants to work and you want her to raise the kids, these issues could become a sore point as the years go by.

Maybe you’ll have to take care of the kids! It happens a lot nowadays. Will she be cool with that? Will you? Get the details about children out in the open before walking to the altar.

I was single for so long that I didn’t think I would ever become a father, and I was okay with it. That said, I kept an open mind in case the woman I married wanted to start a family. And here I am now, a doting father of a four-year-old. And I could not be happier.

6. "Do I like her family? Does she like mine?"

You might not think that this matters, but it does. In the vast majority of cases, you’re going to have quite a few interactions with your in-laws.

So if you really can’t stand being around them, think twice before moving forward. Hey, you might find out that they don’t like you either.

7. "Does she make me laugh?"

The power of humor is underrated. When I think about it, most of my friends are funny or at least know how to laugh. If you can’t make your future wife laugh, you are in trouble. And hopefully, she can get a rise out of you too.

This becomes important when you fight (which you will) and how you make up (which you will also do). I highly recommend finding a partner who laughs easily at your shenanigans. You want to make her laugh, don’t you?

8. "Does she fight fair?"

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are like an old married couple. They fight, they avoid one another, and yet, they still make wonderful music when they come together. Be like Mick and Keith. You can fight, but don’t hit below the belt.

And always forgive. That doesn’t mean you become a doormat. You may not instantly forget shit they may have done, but it means that you don’t allow your partner’s behavior or your anger eat you up from the inside.

The point is, marriage is a like long dance when it comes to managing emotions. Take the lead and make it a waltz.

 

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9. "Do we share the same values?"

Another underrated but important thing to consider. By values, I’m referring to what you value you as people. It’s not about money. We’ll get to that. It’s more about how you both see humanity and your role in making this world a better place.

Do you both care about this or is she the only one who cares about clean water, feeding the poor, education, and health care? What if she prefers country life and you dig the big city?

Think about all of your values or you may end up marrying someone with a completely different set of beliefs. Can you imagine a Trump loyalist married to a Bernie supporter? You think that would work out?

10. "Are we in sync on financial issues?"

To solve a mystery, they often say, "Follow the money." When it comes to marriage, you best be in sync when it comes to how you view and handle the cash. If not, you could be in deep sh*t, and it could happen quickly. Nowadays, many couples have separate bank accounts.

I think this is a good practice, but it doesn’t guarantee that financial issues won’t beguile your marriage. Money problems are near the top of every divorce hearing. There is a reason for it.

People have their individual relationships to money, many times formulated during their upbringing. If you like to save and she likes to spend, good luck, champ.

Bonus question: "What’s in it for her?"

Why should she marry you? Think about it. What do you have to offer her that would inspire her to spend the rest of her life listening to you snore and watching the Jets lose? She can give you love, emotional support, children, and the kind of love that only a woman can share. What are you going to do for her?

If all it boils down to is you making a paycheck, you are skating on thin ice, amigo. Think long and hard about how you can add to her life emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. She deserves it. So do you.

With marriage, there is a lot to consider, but then again, if it’s meant to be, you’ll breeze through these questions. If you have to think long and hard about any of the points I raised, then you might want to think hard and possibly reconsider your options.

After all, you want to be fair to yourself and your partner. If deep down, it really doesn’t feel right, no matter how much pressure you may be under, don’t do it. After all, who wants to spend their life with someone who may secretly not feel the same about them? 

Robert Mani is the author of The Guy’s Guy’s Guide To Love, a novel praised as the "men’s successor to Sex and the City".

This article was originally published at RobertManni.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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