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Signs of a Cheating Spouse

What do private investigators say are the most common signs of a cheating spouse?

When you suspect infidelity in your relationship it can be difficult to determine whether or not your suspicions are valid and if so, what to do next. At PInow, we surveyed our network of trusted infidelity investigators to find out what, in their experience, are the common indications of infidelity in a relationship. The following graphic displays the six major signs of a cheating spouse, what to expect in an infidelity investigation and other statistics on infidelity and marriage. 

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And the 6 common signs of a cheating spouse are ... 

1. Changes in Intimacy 2. Suspicious Phone Habits 3. Changes in Appearance
4. Suspicious Internet Use 5. Changes in Work Routine 6. Changes in Bathing Habits 

Other signs included concealing credit card statements or having bills mailed to a P.O. box, finding strange receipts, going out or running long errands without the spouse, flirting with friends of the opposite sex and a change in overall attitude. Infidelity investigations can cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000 and last anywhere from 4 hours to 6 months. Most investigators said their investigations verify infidelity 75-100% of the time. Other statistics show that when spouses cheat, 55% of the time it's the husband while 45% of the time it's the wife. 30-60% of married people will cheat on their spouse according to a range that compensates for dishonesty among study participants.  74% of husbands and 68% of wives say they would have an affair if they knew they wouldn't get caught. Wives who suspect their husbands are cheating are correct 85% of the time, while husbands who suspect their wives are cheating are correct 50% of the time. Marriage statistics were provided by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Indiana University, Business Week, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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