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Would you divorce a cheating spouse?

In the light of recent news coverage of the text scandal facing mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, many Texas wives are considering how they would react if their husbands behaved in a similar manner. Weiner has been caught once again sending sexually charged text messages to a woman who is not his wife, and the media has been relentless in spreading the salacious details of those communications. Weiner's wife recently spoke at a press conference not to announce her intention to divorce her husband, but to state that she loves him and wants to move beyond this controversy.

Women across the nation have been quick to judge this stance, and many claim that they would divorce their husbands if they discovered similar behavior. However, it is easy to make claims about how one would react to a hypothetical scenario. In reality, the matter is far more complex, and many women might react in a manner that they would not have predicted.

Recent research suggests that among highly educated women, the choice to file for divorce is not as common as in families with lower levels of education. There are a number of reasons why educated women might choose to stay with a cheating spouse. In some cases, wives fear the financial uncertainties that come with a divorce. Others may want to preserve the quality of life that their children enjoy, and feel that a family structure with two parents is a better choice than one in which custody and parenting responsibilities are shared.

When a Texas spouse is faced with an act of infidelity, the path before them is often not as clear as they may have imagined. In such cases, the best course of action is to meet with a divorce attorney to gain a full understanding of one's rights under the law, and the possible outcomes of a Texas divorce. Once a spouse is fully informed of their options, the choice to remain married or move forward with a divorce is often easier to make.

Source: Time, "Why Breaking Up Is Harder Than You Think: The Plight Of Huma Abedin," Susanna Schrobsdorff, July 25, 2013

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