Divorce is never emotionally easy on anyone, but emotions can run particularly high when one of the spouses commits adultery. Traditionally, husbands have had much higher percentages of infidelity than wives, but that is now starting to change – wives are closing the gap. Women in New Jersey and elsewhere now have more financial independence, which makes them feel that the consequences of cheating, if it leads to divorce, are no longer as serious.
The National Opinion Research Center recently released a survey that shows infidelity by women increasing about 40 percent over the last 20 years. Of those surveyed, 14.7 percent of wives admitted to adultery, while husbands have been holding steady at 21 percent. This increase may be attributed to social media, which makes it easier to conduct affairs, and more women being in the workforce and having the financial means to support themselves.
One attorney has reported an increase in divorce cases within the past decade in which the wife was cheating. Some believe that this represents a cultural shift in U.S. society that now enables women to earn more money and potentially meet a better partner online. Nevertheless, husbands are still said to commit a higher percentage of adultery. The main reason that men cite for cheating is being unhappy in their marriages.
When a New Jersey couple files for divorce, it’s usually important for each spouse to try and maintain the standard of living that he or she is used to after the marriage has ended. Infidelity typically does not affect issues like alimony and property division. Therefore, each spouse may do well to seek assistance with the divorce process in order to protect his or her interests.
Source: pressrepublican.com, “U.S. wives narrow infidelity gap with 40% increase in cheating,” Frank Bass, July 10, 2013