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Women More Likely to Own Up To Adultery

Cheating wives take adultery accusations ‘on the chin’

According to divorce solicitors, wives who cheat on their husbands are more likely to own up to infidelity because they are more pragmatic – and less proud – than men.

The steady rise in the numbers of women with full time jobs has led to speculation that secret workplace affairs are likely to be on the increase.  But an analysis of recent case files at one law firm has concluded that in one important respect the two sexes still behave very differently: women are more likely to own up afterwards.

Annual figures from the Office for National Statistics show a long-standing trend away from couples getting divorced on grounds of adultery in favour of the catch-all term “unreasonable behaviour” which is easier to establish without an admission of guilt.  Forty years ago almost four out of 10 divorces granted to husbands were because their wife had admitted or been proven to have committed adultery, compared with only a quarter of those granted to wives.

It suggests that even though women are less often the guilty party in divorce, they were traditionally more likely to own up if they had cheated. Since couples have shifted away from divorce on grounds of adultery, there has been a sixfold increase in the number of women divorced by their husbands on grounds of bad behaviour, suggesting that more women are facing accusations of cheating.

Source: The Daily Telegraph, 11th October 2014

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