The Winter Holidays and Cheating

cheating, DuPage County divorce attorneysDespite changing views on relationships in certain segments of society, extramarital affairs are still a major factor in a large number of divorce cases in the United States. Interestingly, it seems that the holiday season may just be one of the most common occasions for a spouse to stray. If your spouse has found someone else, it may be time to consider contacting a qualified divorce attorney.

Cheating and the Holidays

According to the data provided by the mobile dating app Clover, people who are already involved in serious relationships sign up more frequently during the winter holiday season that during any other time of the year. Clover’s information also suggested that socioeconomic status may also play a role, as those who earn under $60,000 per year are almost 300 percent more likely to seek a new relationship while they are already committed.

Perhaps the most surprisingly, the data showed that women in relationships were more likely to start using the app than committed men. Social norms have long accepted the idea that men are usually more likely to cheat, but Clover’s data suggest that such may not always be the case. Of course, other recent studies have also indicated that women are now more likely to be unfaithful than in the past—or, at least, they are more likely to admit their indiscretions.

According to one survey, women in relationships are about 40 percent more likely to be unfaithful than women were two decades ago.  The changing role of women in the home and in the workforce may account for some of this change, as may women in jobs which require extensive time out of town.

Winter Blues

Extramarital affairs, of course, are not entirely dependent on a person’s employment or work habits. The winter holidays themselves could contribute to a feeling of unhappiness and a desire for more in a person’s life. Holiday depression is common and could lead to an urge to cheat on a person’s significant other during the holiday season. In many cases, such affairs end with the holiday season, but the damage has already been done.

Seek Legal Guidance

If you have reason to believe that your spouse was unfaithful this holiday season and you would like to know more about your legal options, contact an experienced DuPage County divorce attorney. At the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, we will help you make the best decisions regarding your future and work with you in pursuing the happiness you deserve. Call [[phone]] for a confidential consultation today.



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