These Cheating Statistics Probably Hit Close to Home (Statistically)

The statistics about infidelity indicate that you will be affected either directly or indirectly by a cheating spouse. Some of them are just plan shocking. These were collected through research and the decades of experience of private investigators.

The divorce rate in America has been above 50% for some time, and while finances are often cited as the number one cause, infidelity is something that is almost certain to strain a marriage beyond the brink. In fact, a recent study published January 2014 by the Associated Press Journal of Marital and Family Therapy stated that only 31% of marriages survive discovered or confessed infidelity.More statistics from the study are included in the chart below.

Obviously, cheaters don't publicize their cheating activities, so by its very nature, exact details about and extra-marital affairs can never be precisely determined, even with accepted statistical margins of error. However, it is safe to say that more people cheat than admit so, even in anonymous surveys. Therefore, the numbers presented in this statistics are probably lower than they are in reality.

Marriage Infidelity Statistics

- Percent of marriages where one or both spouses admit to infidelity, either physical or emotional: 41 %

- Percent of men who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they've had: 57 %

- Percentage of women who admit to committing infidelity in any relationship they've had: 54 %

- Percent of married men who have strayed at least once during their married lives: 22 %

- Percent of married women who have strayed at least once during their married lives: 14 %

- Percentage of men and women who admit to having an affair with a co-worker : 36 %

- Percentage of men and women who admit to infidelity on business trips: 35%

- Percentage of men and women who admit to infidelity with a brother-in-law or sister-in-law: 17 %

- Average length of an affair: 2 years

- Percentage of marriages that last after an affair has been admitted to or discovered: 31 %

- Percentage of men who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 74 %

- Percentage of women who say they would have an affair if they knew they would never get caught: 68 %

- Percent of children who are the product of infidelity: 3 %

Clearly, the strain of adultery on a marriage is too much for most to bare. Nevertheless there is something in us that must know the truth, no matter how damaging it may be to. Some things in life we may be better off left in the dark about, but whether or not your husband or wife is cheating on you is certainly not one of them.

But a cheating spouse knows the peril should his or her infidelity be discovered. In fact, any affair lasting longer than a single impulsive act of unrestrained, irresponsible carnality is almost certainly the result of a series of premeditated actions, designed to hide the cheater's relationship-crimes from you. Cheaters take meticulous care to keep their dubious desires and subsequent trysts in the dark.

So how do you, the alleged victim shine the light of exposure on your straying spouse? How can you catch them red-handed?

The infidelity series of articles was put together by Tim D. Wilson Investigations, a private investigator agency in Houston, TX, to share research and tips about cheating spouses. They offer surveillance and other investigative services related to spousal cheating and other domestic issues so they have years of experience to share and many stories to tell.

Other articles in the infidelity series:

Part 1: Marital infidelity overview
Part 2: Who is cheating?
Part 3: Men and cheating
Part 4: Women and cheating
Part 5: Why do people cheat?
Part 6: Social roles and infidelity
Part 7: Other infidelity statistics
Part 8: More infidelity research (Cheating and Big Fancy Words)

See all of the articles listed above here: http://www.timwilsoninvestigations.com/articles/infidelity.htm

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