Consequences of Cheating in a Relationship

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Consequences of Cheating in a Relationship
Many people sneak around to cheat. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Affairs can have lasting effects on the people involved and come with many consequences, especially if the affair comes to light. Chances are that you or someone you know may be dealing with infidelity in their relationship. The consequences of cheating can be everlasting and affect more than just the immediate parties.

Divorce or Breaking Up

Many relationships end in divorce when one partner has cheated on the other, with only 35 per cent of marriages surviving affairs, according to a 2006 survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Even if the other person tries to forgive you and move on, this can often be difficult, if not impossible. If you have children, you will not only miss out on much of their life, due to custody arrangements, but it will cause damage to them, possibly changing their outlook on relationships for the rest of their lives.


When the affair comes to light, the person who has been cheated on will not only be hurt by this, but could possibly question her worth. This could lead to feelings of insecurity and low self-worth. She will inevitably have issues trusting you or anyone else again. The effects on her feelings can have lasting effects on her and forever change her outlook on relationships and life.

Guilt and Secrecy

When you are having an affair with someone, secrecy will be a part of your life, especially if you don't want to get caught and want to continue having relationship with both people. You may have feelings of guilt knowing that what you are doing is wrong. You are breaking trust with the person that you are in a committed relationship with and possibly leading on the person with whom you are having the affair.

Loss of Friends and Family

When people find out about the affair you have had, they may take your spouse's side. You could potentially lose many friends or possibly lose family members, if they were especially close with your spouse. They may not want to be associated with someone who is willing to cheat on her spouse, as they may see this as excusing or even validating your behaviour.

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