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How To Respond to Your Spouse's Affair

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Affairs are a common occurrence today according to recent infidelity statistics. If those same statistics are to true extra-marital affairs is an issue that 68% of all married people will have to deal with during their marriage. If it comes up, you are going to have to respond in some way. The big question is how will you respond. The answer, hopefully in a way that doesn’t make an already bad situation worse. Here are some tips on how to respond to your spouse’s infidelity in a way that won’t inflame the situation further.

Don’t Make Accusations Before You Have Proof Of Infidelity:

Our intuition can be wrong, just because you think he/she is cheating doesn’t mean they are. Lipstick on the collar or a phone number on a book of matches isn’t hard, cold evidence of wrong doing. Don’t jump to conclusions, start pointing fingers and destroying trust until you have done your homework. Nothing is more irritating nor does more damage than a spouse who is constantly questioning their partner’s faithfulness. Below are some signs to look for if you suspect your spouse is having an affair:

If you have witnessed such changes in your spouse then it’s time to take a closer look and find out what the catalyst for the change is. I don’t advocate spying on a cheating spouse but, at times, it is the only way to get to the truth. So, be watchful of cell phone bills. Look for constant calls to a strange number. Check credit card receipts to see if there is excessive spending on items you are not aware of. The more red flags you find the more suspicious you should be. If your suspicions become great, then it is time to confront your spouse and ask what is going on.

Talk To Your Spouse About Your Suspicions:

Be calm, be reasonable, be rational. Bringing up the issue in an offensive manner will only put your spouse in a defensive frame of mind. It may sound odd but you want your spouse to be able to trust you with the information they give you. In other words, someone is more likely to tell you bad news if they know you aren’t going to go crazy on them. Keep a level head so that you can use the information you are given in a constructive manner.

This is especially important if you want to try to save your marriage. It’s also important if you intend to divorce your spouse. Any information you obtain from your spouse can be used in your own best interest no matter what course you choose. The more rational you are when trying to retrieve the information, the more information you are likely to receive.

Hire An Expert:

If you feel that he/she is not being honest then hire a professional. If your spouse’s behaviors have led you to believe there is an affair then it is time to let someone who is trained confirm your suspicions. Do not follow your spouse. You risk being discovered and that kind of confrontation is not healthy for anyone involved in the situation. Hire a private investigator that will be able to confirm your fears. If you should decide to ]divorce any evidence found by a private investigator can be used in divorce court. What they find is admissible without prejudice and will be worth every penny you have to pay for it.

Consult An Attorney:

If, after confirming your spouse is cheating you decide to divorce, consult with an attorney. An attorney can give you advice as far as your legal options, your state’s laws pertaining to infidelity and what your next move should be. Most states have no – fault divorce laws but, they also give the judges great discretion when deciding divorce cases and infidelity can play a role in what kind of divorce settlement you get. Follow your attorney’s advice, do not engage in conflict with your spouse and especially not with the other man/other woman.

Surround Yourself With a Positive Support System:

An affair in a marriage is an emotional blow to your life in many ways. It’s important to have a network of family and friends to talk to, share time with and help you cope with the negative consequences of your spouse’s actions. Talking about the situation and expressing negative emotions will help you purge any anger you feel and better equip you to move on with your life.

Don’t Blame Yourself:

Don’t take responsibility for your spouse’s cheating. It is normal for you to question yourself and your role in it but, ultimately, you are not to blame for their affair. It is easy to wonder what is wrong with you that would cause your spouse to cheat. You may question your looks, you may wish you had been better at communicating; you may even feel you were not good enough intimately. Doubts about your value and worth as a wife/husband will cause you to second guess yourself because infidelity destroys it’s victim’s self – esteem. Take care of yourself emotionally and physically so that you are better equipped to deal with all the stress that the divorce process brings with it.

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