Infidelity is common, even in strong marriages. While researchers don’t have exact numbers on how many partners are unfaithful (because who wants to be honest about that), there is anecdotal evidence and divorce data that suggests it happens a lot — like… a lot. Sometimes it’s a drunken indiscretion that never happens again. Sometimes it’s a decades-long affair. And while cheating can be indicative of dysfunction in a relationship, it’s often a much more painful and difficult situation to sort through if it comes to light.
That’s why Fatherly built this guide about cheating. We talked to couples therapists, relationship experts, and actual cheaters about why partners cheat, if cheating is predictable, repairing a relationship after cheating is uncovered, and more.