9. When do you think a person is ready for marriage?
Probably when they start collecting a menagerie of animals, LOL. Seriously, it is up to the individual/couple in question. Sometimes, being in love and in lust are temporary things; eventually, the relationship is sustained by other things, such as the willingness to work together, compromises, companionship. To me, that starts to sound like marriage - others feel that they are happy as they are without the certificate. Certainly members of my own family have had the same partners for nearly two decades and are just as legitimate as my own marriage. 25 years next year - how did we ever get that old? :-)