How to Fix a Relationship After Cheating

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You cheated on your partner, but your relationship does not necessarily have to end. Even though admitting infidelity to your partner will cause much heartache and anger,

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Should You Save Your Marriage?

If you cheated on your spouse, you may wonder whether you can or should keep your marriage going.

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Deciding the relationship is not salvageable after cheating can be a painful but necessary conclusion.

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Ways to Save a Relationship After Cheating

There are steps you can take to rebuild your relationship if both you and your partner are willing to make it work.

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Reflect on How You're Feeling

You'll want to take some time to yourself and process your emotions. Notice whether you feel regretful about cheating on your partner.

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Stop Cheating

If you are recommitting to your relationship, it's important that you not continue to cheat. In cases where the infidelity was fleeting,

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The person you cheated with might also have feelings for you. If they continue to pursue you, you will need to make it clear that you can no longer see them.

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Accept Responsibility

No matter your "reasons" for cheating, you must accept responsibility for your actions and rebuild trust. Avoid putting the blame on your partner or on your relationship problems. Apologize to your partner.

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Make a Decision

If you stay together, your relationship will be different moving forward. But you can build a new relationship. It will take time, but try to look toward your future together, not the past.

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Be Honest

You must be honest, with yourself and with your partner, if you want to move forward. It's likely that you had to lie to your partner to keep your cheating a secret.

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