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Kane County divorce attorneysWhen one thinks of the word affair, the image that most often comes to mind is that of a married person sneaking off to meet their secret lover in a hotel room. However, affairs do not always involve men or women being sexually active with their new partner or even physically interacting with them. In fact, some of the most damaging affairs are those which involve a partner having intense emotional attachment to a person other than their spouse – even if the affair never goes beyond phone calls, texts, or nonsexual interactions.

Is Your Spouse Engaged in an Emotional Affair?

Of course, every married person should have friends outside of their marriage. Having friends allows us to expand our circle of influence, meet new and interesting people, and have support when life gets challenging. However, there are times when an innocent friendship can morph into an emotional affair. Instead of being a healthy, beneficial relationship, the situation is changed into one which can be devastating to a marriage.

Kane County divorce attorneysAre you comfortable when you are by yourself? Whether or not you are currently married or in a long-term relationship, could you see yourself being single for an extended period of time? If you answered no, you are far from alone—no pun intended. In fact, recent surveys suggest that approximately one-third of all American adults are afraid of being by themselves. About 35 percent of men and 40 percent of women report fear and reservations about being alone. Unfortunately, the fear of being alone may encourage couples to eschew divorce and stay together even when they are unhappy.

FOMO Is Real

Relationship experts believe that the fear of being alone is very closely related to the fear of missing out—or FOMO, a term that was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. It is possible—and even reasonable—that this fear of missing out could have as much to do with biology as social pressures. “We were biologically and evolutionarily created to find the right partner to reproduce,” said Sahaj Kohli, a mental health advocate and editor for The Huffington Post. With this reasoning, if a marriage goes sour, it can make an individual feel as if he or she has biologically failed; hence, the hesitance to admit “failure” and file for divorce. However, staying in a bad relationship can be more emotionally, financially, and socially detrimental than a divorce itself.

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