A Relationship After Cheating – Is It Even Possible

If you are in a relationship where your partner has cheated you may be wondering if a relationship after cheating is possible. There really is no set answer to this question. There are many factors that will come into play.

Here are a few of the questions you need to ask yourself as you try to decide what is the best option for you, your partner, and your relationship:

1. Do you want to stay in the relationship?

This is often the most obvious, and the most difficult, the question to answer. You know yourself, and your partner and how you truly feel. Rebuilding a relationship after infidelity will take a lot of time, a lot of patience, a lot of trusts, and most of all, a lot of love.

If you don’t feel like you can honestly bring those traits to the table you will probably not be able to stick with it long enough to heal the wounds. It might be best to just call it quits.

2. One consideration is the long term viability of the relationship in general:

While no one has the right to cheat if your partner has always been honest and faithful but just had a moment of weakness, particularly if the relationship was in a bad place at the time, you might be able to move on with the relationship.

Of course, that would depend on the reason the relationship was in a bad place, to begin with. If it was just a ‘normal’ rough patch then that’s one thing, but if the relationship is over, but neither of you really wants to admit it, that is another thing.

Figuring all this out will be difficult, especially when you are dealing with the pain of betrayal, but it is important to try to take a step back to see things more clearly.

Seeing things more clearly can be helped along by enlisting the help of a counselor or therapist, an objective third party that can help guide you through these questions and come up with honest answers.

3. It will take time:

No one should expect to fix a broken relationship in a few weeks or even a few months. Building trust the second time, after someone has already betrayed you, is even harder than building it the first time.

You have to allow yourself time to get some clarity, so you can decide what you want to do. Oftentimes the cheating partner will try to rush things. They do this for two main reasons, one, they feel guilty, and the sooner you are ‘back to normal’ the sooner some of that guilt will fade, and two, they know that if you are able to grieve for a time and get clarity it’s highly likely you’ll decide to end the relationship, and they may not want that, despite the fact that they cheated.

So, if your partner has cheated, and you want to decide if a relationship after cheating is still possible, just consider some of these points. Going through infidelity in a relationship can be one of the most painful and difficult things you will ever go through. But you will get through it, and it’s important to try to make the best decisions you can so that you will be able to find happiness, with or without your partner, in the future.

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