Communication is the foundation of any healthy successful relationship. Before making a serious commitment it's important for both partners to have specific information so you each know exactly where you stand and how the relationship will subsequently progress.

Many important conversations occur naturally during dating, but it's important to broach the difficult topics as well. Before taking the commitment plunge make sure you have had these conversations:

Why Do You Want To Commit To Me? If you have trouble answering this question or if you are afraid your answer might hurt your partner, a serious commitment might not be the best decision.

What Is Your Definition Of Cheating? Make sure your definitions match or this could cause some serious problems down the road.

Is Religion An Important Part of Your Life? Differences in faith and philosophy are not necessarily relationship enders, but it's important to be open and honest about your beliefs so that compromise can be reached.

Do You Want To Get Married Someday? You can save yourself time and heartache by asking this question -- don't avoid it out of fear.