By these I mean when a person wants to be married with another person at first.

Would you please help me how to say these?

difficulties in getting married

difficulties in establish a family


Edited: By this I mean I have some problem that might be related to economic, or everything. Therefore, have I correctly written the following to explain that I have some problems to get married and start a family.

I have difficulties settling down


  • To me, "I have difficulties settling down" might be understood as: the person is too restless or reluctant to give up their freedom of living as a single, among other things. If you want to include that, it's fine. But if you want to say that you were willing to marry and ran into an obstacle you could say 'difficulties (in) getting married' (I agree with the other comment that "difficulties in establishing/to establish a family" might imply the inability to have children. There is a good list of collocations at LDOCE. – Lucky Jul 4 '15 at 23:40

A common phrase is "settle down". It means:

To begin living a stable and orderly life.

So you could say:

I want to settle down, and start a family.

This doesn't directly state that you are having difficulties starting a family, however it implies that you are frustrated that you haven't been able to settle down and start a family yet.

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    Note that in many contexts, "start a family" will be understood as meaning "having children". And if you say "I am having trouble starting a family", that may be interpreted as meaning "I am infertile". – Nate Eldredge Jul 4 '15 at 15:35

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