How Damaging Is An Emotional Affair?

Infidelity is a major cause of divorce, but not all affairs are physical. Many couples split up over what is referred to as an emotional affair. This happens when one of the parties to the marriage forms an emotional bond with another person, and begins to pull away from their spouse as a result. Often times the conversation centers on family, and personal matters that should be between husband and wife are told to a third party. While we all need someone to confide in, that person should be your spouse. If you are unable to maintain privacy in your marriage, and look to outside persons to fulfill emotional needs, you may be guilty of having an emotional affair.

The problem with emotional affairs is that many times they do cross the line to physical contact. Signs to watch for include:

●          Revealing private information about your marriage or your partner to another person.

●          Telling things to a third party that you do not share with your spouse.

●          Experiencing feelings of guilt about spending time with the other person, or about conversations you’ve had with the other person.

●          Attempting to hide texts, or emails sent and/or received.

For many women, finding out their husband has had an emotional affair is more damaging than learning of a sexual infidelity. This is because when genuine feelings develop for another person, feelings of inadequacy result at home. One way to avoid watching your marriage go down this road is to talk it over with your spouse, at the first sign of unhappiness. If you and your spouse are unable to effectively communicate, turn to a professional for guidance. In most instances, if the source of unhappiness can be identified and remedied, a marriage can be saved. But, we realize there are times when this is simply not possible, and are here to help you make decisions about what is best for you. If you would like to discuss your options, call one of our trained family law attorneys today.

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