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Poll shows increase in infidelity among married women

Couples choose to divorce for a variety of reasons. Spouses grow apart, have differing opinions on important life matters or develop dependence and addiction issues. Many marriages also end due to the infidelity of one or both spouses. While men have historically been more likely to cheat, a new poll indicates a growing number of married women are also engaging in acts of infidelity.

Information collected from the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey shows that nearly 17 percent of married women who responded to the survey admit to cheating. This number is significant as the same survey yielded very different results just 20 years ago when 40 percent fewer women admitting to cheating. According to the results of this survey, married women are now nearly as likely to cheat as married men.

Like men, women cheat for a variety of reasons. Experts believe the increase in infidelity among married women may be tied to the fact that many women now work outside of the home. As such, these women are placed in situations where they come into contact with other men. While some argue it's about opportunity, others contend that many married women who choose to cheat are simply unhappy. These women likely cheat for emotional reasons as they seek the affection and attention from another man.

Regardless of why a married woman decides to cheat, infidelity among women is a growing issue in many divorce matters. New York men who are considering divorce and believe their wife is cheating may want to discuss their case with an attorney.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Cheating Women: Whey Are Women Narrowing the Cheating Gap?," July 9, 2013

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