Your Call: He Doesn't Want Marriage or Kids. Should I Move On?

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Hi Em & Lo!
My question is, how do you know if and when it’s time to move on from a relationship you feel is going nowhere? By nowhere, I mean, he doesn’t want kids or marriage and he’s 50 years old. I’m 38 and although I don’t know if I want either, I still would at least like the OPTION of having both with someone I’m with BUT if he’s not thinking of having either in his future then I have no option at all if I stay with him. I know for some people this is a deal breaker but I’m not adamant that I want either right now so…what would you do? Oh, we’ve been together a year and a half. Thanks for your help and stay fabulous!
–Deal or No Deal

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16 Comments on "Your Call: He Doesn't Want Marriage or Kids. Should I Move On?"

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I am in a relationship with someone who is in there late 40’s I am 31. He has been married 2 times and has two children. I can understand why he does not want anymore children because of his age and the age that he would be when they would graduate. He also states he never wants to be married again. But I think it is because his past 2 marriages have not worked out. I think that with time all of that can change. And he has shown some interest in changing his mind, maybe one day. I will… Read more »
I am also in a similar situation now. I have known this guy for 4 years, and cheated on me before. I was the only gal who got to really know his family well and he once told his friends that I am of wife-material to him. We broke up for about a year and he came back. He did not mention anything about getting back together but each time we hang out, we ended up cuddling and such. When i finally asked him again where this is leading to, as I always wanted to get married, he says he… Read more »
i am kind of stuck in the same situation. i am 23 yrs old and he is 30, we have been dating for 5 years and recently got engaged. now when i mention the wedding, he doesnt want to talk about it, always tells me how much it costs etc, and he tells me not to talk about it! whats the point then? i know i am young but i gave everything to this guy, i love him dearly and want to get married, its every girls dream to wear a wedding dress. why do guys have to be like… Read more »
I am going thru the same stuff. I’m 28 years old and my bf is 31. He told me recently he never wants to get married or have kids. I guess what everyone is saying is that he doesn’t want it with me…He comes from a great family with several siblings. We moved to a new state together and started a new exciting life together. Im just not getting any younger and my career is with children, so I have always wanted a family. Im so sad to think after all the money and energy and love for this relationship… Read more »
Black Iris
If a guy is 50 and he says he doesn’t want marriage and kids, I think that’s what he means. I also think he’s not going to change. Either he already has his kids or he’s just not cut out for that lifestyle. So I guess you have to look in your own heart and ask yourself why you want to keep the option open? Are you secretly hoping to have kids but saying you don’t care because you are afraid you might never have them? Or are you just upset at the idea of shutting off a choice?
Madamoselle L
Lela said “Guys don’t see more than 3 days in the future.” Not true for all guys. My Man (we’ve been together for several decades, married, have a house, kids etc) and I have been together since we were teens. As a TEENAGER he didn’t want to get married,(then, but he knew he WOULD want to) neither did I. We had school to finish, jobs to worry about, parents to leave, other people to date etc. But, by the time he was about 21 or so, we started talking about houses, and kids and the future together (Hell, he wanted… Read more »
Madamoselle L
Nicola, honey, you want him to be the “One” and he obviously isn’t. Men don’t usually change their minds about things like this. Look at it this way, IF you DO have kids, he will be resentful of “your” kids and resentful of you, and the relationship will most likely fail, leaving you with the kids alone. IF you DON’T have kids with this man, then YOU will be resentful, who knows if you will leave him, but as you get closer to your end of your reproductive life, you WILL start to become more and more resentful, “I have… Read more »