Timeline from dating to marriage dating rape victim forum
So, to say for certain that there is a timeline which all couples go through is nothing but humbug.
However, most healthy relationships (I would not say all), do go through some common stages before culminating into a serious long-term partnership for life.
The man and the woman may tend to withdraw a bit from each other during this stage.
If the communication between the two is not strong, the relationship may never move forward to the next stage and it might end in a breakup.
The couple realize that although they are very different from each other and have some issues, their basic values and goals in life are somewhat similar.
If you ever ask couples how much time it took them to know that they are the "one" for each other, the answers will range from years and months to days, and even five seconds!
The partners may start resenting each other's habits.
There are lots of clashes, fights, and trust issues during this stage.
They may not fantasize about each other any more, but they certainly feel more connected emotionally and physically.
What follows next is a public acknowledgment of the relationship.