Waiting for Ms Right Men more likely to be holding on for

first_imgConventional belief holds that it is women who spend years hanging on for Mr Right before getting married. But data shows that in fact men are more likely to remain unwed because they haven’t yet met the right bride. Data collected by law firm Seddons suggests that a greater proportion of men say they are not married because they are still holding out for the right person. Around 35 per cent of those surveyed said this was the case, compared to 29 per cent of women. Women were more likely to say that they were waiting for their partner to pop the question, or were in a relationship with someone who didn’t believe in getting married.  The data, released by the Marriage Foundation, also showed that take-up of pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements remains low, with 95 per cent of the 2,000 people polled never having had a conversation about getting a pre-nuptial agreement.Harry Benson, the organisation’s research director, said: “A growing body of evidence suggests women tend to commit when they live with someone whereas men need to make a clear decision for themselves.So when more men say they are waiting for “the one”, it’s most likely because they haven’t made up their mind yet.”Sir Paul Coleridge, a former High Court judge and chairman of Marriage Foundation, said: “We should not be alarmed when we see couples of today being choosier than the generation before them. Previous Marriage Foundation research has shown women now typically marry in their early thirties, men in their mid-thirties. When more men say they are waiting for “the one”, it’s most likely because they haven’t made up their mind yet. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The good news is that when couples do finally get round to making a solid commitment it is far more likely to last than twenty years ago.“The rate of divorce in the early years has been falling steadily for the last nine years and although men are taking longer to commit when they do it is much more likely to be a carefully considered permanent decision.”last_img read more