To accuse without evidence could cause the flame of your relationship - however much there is - to go out. If your partner is not cheating, then confrontation will most likely cause a major trust issue. It may be wise to consult a therapist or relationship coach with your suspicions before doing anything that could further damage the relationship. What is cheating? Having sex with someone other than your marriage partner is the distinguishing factor that makes an affair a betrayal. That's cheating. Furthermore "any" situation that has you in a compromising position with someone other than your own partner. For example, going out with someone "without sex," sexy chats online with the opposite sex, or downloading porn, when you are supposedly in a committed relationship in my opinion is also considered cheating.
A broad rule of thumb is anything that you are doing with someone with the opposite sex that you would not want your partner to know. It's a matter of integrity and trust.
A betrayal of the heart is devastating. The secrecy of an affair makes honesty impossible. An affair is often only the tip of the iceberg. There are many problems below the surface that you must be committed to work on together. It's a complex and painful situation to be in.
Who cheats? People who lack integrity often cheat. People with low self-esteem often cheat. Some people are predisposed to cheat. The most common reason is that they are not getting their needs met by their partner. When you are getting your needs met in your relationship, most people agree that you are seldom tempted to look elsewhere.
What are these needs? Obviously there are many needs that we all have. Participants in my "Relationship Enrichment LoveShops" consistently suggest that the three most primary needs for a woman are affection, understanding and, most of all, respect. A man's three most basic needs are appreciation, acceptance and trust. Love is a given. There are many others, AND when needs do not get fulfilled, some people look for someone else who can fulfill their needs.
Often people who are separated from their spouse will begin to see others before the divorce is final and attempt to justify their actions by saying that the relationship has been over for years. There is never a good reason to cheat while you are still in a marriage.
Beware of snooping! Looking at your partner's credit card or telephone bill for excess charges or checking their e-mail for tale-tale signs is a no-no. Nosy people can usually find something to justify their suspicions, however prying excessively is a destructive action that should be curtailed.
Before you snoop. . . STOP! Take a look at why you are "really" snooping. Could it be that your own insecurities might be the cause of your suspicions? Think about it.
Jealousy is only and always a demonstration of our own insecurities and low self-esteem. People who are jealous may also have a problem with trusting because of past experiences. This is something only they can work on. You can only offer them love and support and encourage them to work on their self-esteem.
Jealousy also comes from fear; fear of losing the one you love. This is mostly caused from anxiety: a concern about what "might" happen.
Insecurities bring forth jealousy, which, in effect, is a cry for more love. It is within our rights to ask for more affection when self-doubts surface, however, the indirect way that jealousy asks for it is counterproductive. Excessive possessiveness is inappropriate. Jealousy is the surest way to drive away the very person we may fear losing.