For many, an affair is a deal-breaker. It's the end of the relationship, a sign that the spouses need to move on, and a black and white issue with little recourse. But in longer marriages, especially when kids are involved, infidelity doesn't have to end the marriage. Some marriages can recover.
The fact is, there ARE all different kinds of affairs.
A woman (or man) who is serially unfaithful or falls in love with the other person may not be able to move on in his or her marriage. It may have been a way to get out of the marriage in the first place.
But affairs aren't always that. Sometimes they happen because the people are neglecting one another or too busy or fighting a lot. Sometimes they happen because one person is restless or bored.
For more on how marriage can recover from sexual infidelity, see The Stir: Strong Marriages Can & Should Survive Sexual Betrayal
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Written by Sasha Brown-Worsham for The Stir.