Cheating Spouse – What Happens When Your Spouse Cheats On You


Cheating is no longer the purview of men. According to The Straits Times, cheating wives are becoming more common. This is as women become more financially independent and assertive.


Despite this, there are still key differences between cheating men and women. When some women cheat, there is usually some sort of void in their marital relationships and they may already be considering divorce in order to be with someone else. On the other hand, when some men cheat, it might be because they simply regard sex outside of marriage as “no big deal”. Sex is simply another biological need to them. Increasingly, more marriages are breaking down due to one party in the marriage engaging in adultery with a same-sex partner. Unsurprisingly, this might traumatise their spouse.


When a spouse commits adultery, evidence of an affair is usually needed to cite it as a ground for divorce. In many cases, it is essential to hire a private investigator, which might cost between S$5000-8000 for one week of surveillance. As a result, spouses might choose to cite “unreasonable behavior” instead. Additionally, there might still be societal stigma attached to adultery in Singapore, leading to unfavorable repercussions on the cheating spouse’s career.


In the event that your spouse has committed adultery, here are some questions to ask yourself:


1. Is cheating forgivable?

Do you really want to end your marriage due to your spouse’s affair? What about your children?


2. Can your marriage be repaired?

Is your spouse asking for forgiveness? Is he or she willing to go for counseling?


Do note that under Section 52 of the Administration of Muslim Law Act, a breach of a Syariah Court order is deemed a criminal offence and is punishable.


3. If all else fails, what grounds of divorce do you want to file for?

Do you want to cite “unreasonable behavior” or “adultery”?


After being cheated on, you may be highly resentful towards your spouse. This is because you want to protect yourself from hurt caused by a person you used to trust. To heal better, you should attempt to reach closure with your spouse. This can be achieved by working towards a divorce with a cool head and consideration for your children, if you have any. Do also take care of yourself and seek out listeners to relieve your pain and move on.
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