Originally Posted by redpepper
Merged would mean someone that has a partner that they are committed to in a marriage or the like, has kids and/or joint bank accounts with someone... owns property that they both are responsible for... that kind of thing. Is that more clear?
I guess that I just don't see these things as having a lot in common.
Let me put it this way; if I met someone now who was married, had joint finances and owned property with someone else, that would have very little impact on my decision to date them. If they had kids, however, that would have a huge impact on my decision. It's just a totally different experience.