Making the transition from being in a casual relationship to a more serious partnership isn't always clear cut. Sometimes, relationships progress gradually, and before you know it, you're spending most nights of the week together. In other cases, it's clear early on that you're both committed. However, if you're in the grey area between dating and being in a serious relationship, it may be helpful to keep an eye out for the signs your partner is committed to you. If you're wondering how long it usually takes to move from casual to committed, Nicole Richardson, licensed marriage and family therapist, says there is no standard timeline.
"There isn't a perfect way to do it," Richardson previously told Elite Daily. "There isn't a certain number of times or dates or milestones. It's when your partner is showing up the way you need them to feel safe. Some people know on the first date that this is the relationship they want to be in." You shouldn't have to feel like your relationship needs to fit into a box. As long as you're both satisfied with how things are progressing, there's no need to rush. That said, Richardson also noted that it's important to be attuned to what's going between you and your partner.
"The number one thing I wish people would do is really listen to what's happening, and what [their partner] is saying, not hearing what they want to hear," said Richardson. "A lot of times, we hear what we want to hear, and we see what we want to see, and that's when we get hurt." If you're not sure whether your partner is fully committed, here are some signs they are.