When a spouse strays, both parties in the relationship are likely to feel like their world has been shattered. An affair — whether emotional, physical, or any variation of “cheating” — is a betrayal to your relationship. But that doesn’t necessarily have to lead to divorce. The signs your marriage will survive infidelity indicate that you and your partner are willing to heal your relationship, and move on with your life.
Millennials are children of the Baby Boomer generation, which happens to be the generation with the highest divorce rate of all time, according to Huffington Post. Additionally data from the Pew Center supports the notion that millennials are getting married later in life, and at a lower rate than their parents. In 1960, 72 percent of all adults ages 18 and older were married; today just 51 percent have gotten hitched.
An article in The Atlantic, however, noted that it when it comes to sticking it out, there’s a strong desire of millennials to have enduring relationships — i.e. relationships that don’t end in divorce. The Atlantic’s follow up poll to the Pew Research’s study found that 74 percent of millennials thought that marriage was still a meaningful institution, which might explain why people are trying to work through an affair, as painful as it might be. “Infidelity is a tough thing for a couple to work through because it affects the core trust of the relationship,” Talia Wagner, a licensed marriage and family therapist told Women’s Health. “Many couples are able to come back from this act of betrayal and rebuild the trust.” If there was infidelity in your marriage, the following things are signs that your relationship can survive. Because you probably need a little cheerleading right now.