I think one of the hardest situations for a couple to make it through is infidelity. I’m thankful that it’s not been an issue in my marriage, but I do know it’s been a contributing factor in many breakups of couples who seemed to “have it all.” I aslo think that cheating is not only one of the hardest things to get past in your current relationship, but it can have quite the negative effect on your next relationship as well.
For me, trust and honesty are two very important factors when it comes to a successful and happy partnership. When one partner cheats on the other — for whatever reason — it breaks that trust to a point where I am not sure how couples stay together, but some are able to make it through and be okay on the other side.
It has to be an awful feeling to wonder if your partner may be cheating. There are some who exhibit classic signs that something may be going on and others who seem to hide it better. The classic signs that your partner may be cheating doesn’t necessarily mean they are, but it may be something to keep an eye on if you’re worried.
Click through to read the 10 signs your partner may be cheating:
10 Signs Your Partner May Be Cheating 1 of 11
While these signs don't always mean your partner is cheating, they could be something to watch for if you have suspicions.
Extra Jumpy Around the Phone 2 of 11
If your partner is all the sudden very secretive and protective about their phone, they may not want you to see it for obvious reasons. Text messages and other forms of communication are able to be more private now that many couples have their own phone. If your partner gets extra jumpy when their phone goes off near you, there may be something there.
More Interest in Their Own Appearance 3 of 11
There is nothing wrong with wanting to look good, but if your partner is out of no where taking extra time to make themselves look and/or smell good -- it could be a warning sign. They may be working hard to impress someone else who is showing them some attention.
Talks A Lot About One Person 4 of 11
If a new person continuously comes up in conversations from your partner (saying good or bad things), that could be a sign that a certain someone is always on their mind.
Becoming Distant 5 of 11
If they're no longer interested in your weekly or monthly dates or always coming up with reasons why they can't make it to this or that family function, it could be a sign. Especially when they have only work-related excuses.
At Work More 6 of 11
If your partner is going to work earlier and/or staying at work later when you know there's not been an increase in their workload, that could be a sign they're not really where they say they are.
Less Interest in Being Intimate 7 of 11
While all relationships go through waves where you're more intimate and less with your partner, if they're showing less interest in you and your daily things, they could have someone else on their mind. While not all people cheat for sex, they could be having their other intimate needs met elsewhere.
More Short With You 8 of 11
If you find that the communication with your partner has been going downhill because your partner is being extra short with you -- that could be a sign they're cheating. Name calling or overall short with you could be their way of distancing themselves from you further.
Extra Spending or Secret Accounts 9 of 11
If you've noticed a large amount of ATM withdraws for strange amounts in your partners spending or you've found out they have a secret account you had no idea about, those could be big signs they've got something sneaky going on.
Business Trips 10 of 11
If your partner is all the sudden going on more and more business trips, yet leaving you with little information, their business trip may be more of a pleasure nature.
Spending More Time Online 11 of 11
Not all cheating happens in the office -- some is done online. If you're finding your partner online (especially late at night or behind closed doors), that could be a reason to be concerned about their fidelity.
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