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Can an emotional affair lead to a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2022 | Divorce

There are many reasons why a Riverside area couple seeks out a divorce. They may feel like they have grown apart, they may no longer get along and are constantly arguing, they may have had a physical affair, and sometimes an emotional affair has occurred. While some couples are able to work through their differences on their own or with help from a counselor, some are truly victimized by the affair and are unable to recover. This is when a divorce becomes the only alternative.

What is an emotional affair?

Emotional affairs are relationships that are intimate but not sexual. Unlike a physical affair where the relationship is sexually motivated, an emotional affair involves an inappropriate closeness between two people who are not married to each other. Of course, not all relationships are cause for concern. Most people have coworkers that they’re friendly with but not engaged in an emotional affair with.

How do I know if my spouse is engaged in an emotional affair?

Emotional affairs can occur between coworkers, friends, hobby enthusiasts, gym participants, and even people who have not met in person but only online. The popularity of social media has increased emotional affairs between former classmates, old friends and even exes. These platforms are easy for people to connect in which can lead to suggestive conversations, secrecy, flirting, etc. These emotional connections can take away from the marriage.

Signs that a spouse may be involved in an emotional affair include:

  • Distance in the relationship.
  • Secrecy about going places, making calls, or communicating with someone else.
  • A spouse is suddenly unwilling to leave their cellphone unattended or are bothered by their spouse wondering why they are spending more time on their computer, tablet, etc.
  • The spouse is spending more time at work, school or other activities than they are at home.

A legal professional who is skilled in divorce can help a person through the complex process. They understand emotions are high but also understand that decisions that are made during the divorce proceedings can be life-altering. They will work hard to make sure their client understands their options and that their future is protected.

 

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