Adultery has often been associated with divorce. In a lot of divorce cases anywhere in the world, adultery is easily seen as one of the biggest culprits. Lately though, some studies suggest that the number of marriages ruined by infidelity has declined. A hopeful insight, to say the least, but as to how accurate those studies are remains a question. Is the correlation between divorce and adultery nearly gone?
If we are to throw questions out into the void, how many of those marital infidelity situations go unnoticed and stay a secret until the marriage is officially severed by a divorce? What causes spouses to cheat on their partners, betraying their marital vows and risking their reputation?
A recent study conducted in Canada and participated in by 1,000 men and women revealed interesting results in finding out the dynamics involved in committing infidelity. Read on to get more information on how these factors lead to broken marriages or divorce.
Men or women: Who cheat more?
Basing on the premise that cheating is having a sexual interaction “with someone other than your primary partner that could jeopardize, or hurt, your relationship,” the said study revealed that a bigger percentage of men had committed adultery or had cheated on their partners compared to the number of women who had cheated in the past. It says 23% of the male respondents admitted to having an illicit affair vis-à-vis the fact that only 19% of the female respondents had done so.
According to the same study, women are less likely to cheat even when they are in an unhappy relationship. Women have the tendency to stay loyal to their partner despite the odds. The report likewise showed that other factors such as sexual inhibitions come into play as causes of infidelity that eventually leads to divorce.
How to fool-proof your marriage against cheating and being cheated on
There seems to be no hard-and-fast rule in protecting a marriage against infidelity but it surely helps when a couple keeps their communication lines open. Respect, open communication, trust and honesty are precious in any relationship and they could very well prevent any temptation to engage in an illicit affair especially one that involves a sexual relationship. Doing things together can help in keeping the friendship and passion alive. When two people are friends first before they’re lovers, their marriage may be able to stand the test of adultery and the threat of divorce better. Again, respect and communication, among others are keys to a successful marriage and avoiding a painful and messy divorce.
Although getting a divorce these days may be a little bit easier and cheaper with the presence of divorce kits available online, we all know very well that divorce should be the last recourse in a marital union.