Infidelity is one of the most common reasons that marriages end. Monogamous couples make a promise to one another that their relationship will play a special, exclusive role in each partner’s life. When a person breaks this promise, his or her spouse may never be able to fully regain trust in him or her. This is no less true for inappropriate extramarital relationships that are not romantic – otherwise known as emotional affairs.
If your marriage has been irrevocably changed by an affair, you may be considering the option of divorce. To learn about your rights during the divorce process – and to make sure they are protected if you do decide to end your marriage – call a Raleigh divorce lawyer of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at (919) 833-1040.
What Is an Emotional Affair?
For many married couples, monogamy goes far beyond sexual fidelity. It is a promise that one’s partner has a certain importance in one’s life that no one else does. A married person will certainly have other friends and loved ones, but his or her spouse should be the only one he or she is in love with.
The difference between an emotional affair and a platonic friendship is the effect it has on a person’s feelings about his or her marriage. People involved in emotional affairs may share things with the other person that they do not share with their spouses. They will often keep the relationship a secret from their spouses, often because they consciously or subconsciously know they are doing something wrong.
One risk of emotional affairs is that they very easily lead to romantic affairs. However, even if they do not, many people are very hurt to learn that their spouses are maintaining secret and very close relationships with someone else. For some couples, it is the lies and secrecy – more than the affairs themselves – that end their marriages.
Contact a Raleigh Divorce Lawyer
While some marriages are able to recover from affairs, others simply are not. To learn more about divorce and separation laws, and how they could affect you, contact the Raleigh divorce attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC at (919) 833-1040.