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How does cheating impact a couple's chance of getting a divorce?

There are many reasons that people decide to end their marriages, but some of them are more common than others. One reason many people decide to end their marriage is because of infidelity. When one spouse cheats on another, either physically or emotionally, it can break the other person's trust beyond repair. However, infidelity doesn't always end in divorce. Several studies have examined cheating and its effects on relationships, and the results may interest those here in New Jersey who are considering ending their relationships.

First, the American Psychological Association found that infidelity is a factor in 20-40% of divorces. When looking at differences between genders, about 21% of men admit to being unfaithful at some point in their marriage, compared with 13% of women. However, that latter number has gone up in the past two decades. Experts speculate that this may be due to the fact that women are more financially independent in the modern world, and other studies suggest that women who financially rely on their spouse don't cheat as often as women who can support themselves.

When men are unfaithful, 61% of them actually stay married, compared with only 44% of women. Though there are differences between genders and the numbers make it look as though cheating may not be a deal-breaker, overall, adults who cheat are still more likely to divorce than those who remain faithful. Only 17% of adults who never cheat get divorced, compared with 40% of those who do cheat.

Whatever the reason is for a divorce, it can happen to anyone. People here in New Jersey who are thinking of getting a divorce will want to ensure that they consider all aspects of the process. An experienced family law attorney can help anyone navigate a divorce proceeding to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone involved.

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