While there are many reasons for couples to seek a divorce, infidelity is one that often results in strong emotions and acrimonious proceedings. Traditionally, men have always been more likely to pursue extramarital affairs, but women are now beginning to gain on men when it comes to cheating. This is because women in Utah and across the country are more financially independent and less concerned about the financial consequences of divorce if they are caught cheating.
A recent survey from the National Opinion Research Center reveals that cheating by wives has increased around 40 percent during the past two decades. In 2010, 14.7 percent of wives admitted to cheating. Of the husbands surveyed, 21 percent confessed to cheating, a figure that has remained steady over the years.
There has been a rise in divorce cases caused by the wife's infidelity. This may be indicative of a cultural change in our society that enables women to join the workforce and earn their own income. Additionally, the rise of social media use has contributed to the start of many affairs. Despite this increase, husbands are still more apt to commit adultery, with 25 percent of those who cheat claiming to be unhappily married.
Utah couples who seek a divorce typically desire as single individuals to maintain the standard of living that they enjoyed during their marriage. However, infidelity is rarely a factor when it comes to asset division and spousal support because our state has a no-fault approach to divorce. It may be in each spouse's best interest to seek legal advice during the divorce proceedings in order to ensure a fair settlement.
Source: pressrepublican.com, "U.S. wives narrow infidelity gap with 40% increase in cheating," Frank Bass, July 10, 2013