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I Suspect My Husband Is Cheating But I Have No Proof - A Guide

Is My Boyfriend Cheating By: Katie Lister

May 12, 2024

Is my husband cheating? How do I prove it? I have a gut feeling my husband is cheating; how do I deal with it? I suspect my husband is cheating, but I have no proof; what can I do? If you have these and other questions, you have come to the right place.

Hi, my name is Katie Lister. I am a practicing Registered Nurse and the founder of Growth Gals. I lead personal development groups and coach women to live their best lives authentically. Growth Gals provides a safe space for women to connect with like-minded individuals, learn, and offer support to one another.

It is so important that women have safe spaces to discuss various topics related to everyday issues that affect their lives, such as mental health challenges, navigating relationships, and self-improvement. This is what GG is all about. If you suspect your partner is cheating but have no proof, this article will tell you everything you need to know.

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Written by Katie Lister, RN, BScN. An experienced Registered Nurse, Group Facilitator, Life Coach, and Community Leader. Read Katie's Full Author Bio

Types of Infidelity

Cheating or infidelity may mean different things to different people. However, the general meaning is when someone is unfaithful to a spouse by engaging in romantic or sexual relations with another person or persons. Do you have a gut feeling he’s cheating but have no proof? Here are some of the types of infidelity:

Opportunistic infidelity

Opportunistic infidelity is the type of cheating that occurs because one acts on their sexual desire for another person. This does not mean your spouse is not in love with you, but they allowed a situation to take control.

Drug or alcohol use and circumstances typically drive this type of infidelity. The partner did not premeditate the infidelity but found themselves in a situation, and they acted on it.  While it’s not an excuse, such people feel a lot of guilt and regret after the encounter, and if they get away with it, the shame and fear fade after some time.

Romantic infidelity

This type of infidelity occurs when the cheater has little to no emotional attachment to their partner. While the cheater may commit to the marriage and want it to work, they want to experience a more loving and intimate relationship with someone they connect with on a deeper level.

However, their commitment to their spouse prevents them from leaving. Romantic infidelity causes pain to all involved and rarely turns into a long-term, committed relationship.

Emotional infidelity

An emotional affair does not involve physical intimacy but is just as damaging as a sexual relationship. It involves emotional attachment to someone who takes on the role of a confidant. Such a relationship leads to spousal neglect, where the other spouse feels left out as the partner no longer confides in them.

Obligatory infidelity

Some people may engage in this form of infidelity due to their fear that rejecting someone’s sexual advances will lead to rejection. Even though they may have feelings of love, sexual desire, and attachment for their partner, they become unfaithful because they crave approval.

Commemorative infidelity

This infidelity type occurs in a committed relationship where one partner has no feelings for their spouse. There is no love, sexual desire, or attachment, only a sense of obligation.

Such a cheater justifies cheating by convincing themselves they have the right to look for what they lack in their present relationship, such as unfulfilled sexual desires.

Conflicted romantic

This type of infidelity happens when someone genuinely loves and sexually desires more than one person. A cheating partner may not intend to hurt you or the other person but ends up hurting everyone.

I Suspect My Husband Is Cheating But I Have No Proof – The Signs

In the days before the internet, cheating was very different. Online dating and social media apps have made it easier to cheat, making it hard to catch a cheater. However, other than your gut instincts, there are some subtle and tell-tale signs of infidelity to watch out for:

He overprotects his phone

A cheating husband might start taking a keener interest in his phone. He might be overprotective of it and change his password. He might receive numerous text messages at odd hours or leave the room to pick up phone calls.

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His car holds clues

His car can be a huge red flag. Does his vehicle have more mileage than usual, with sudden gas fill-up schedule changes? Is he suddenly buying gas in new neighborhoods? Have the passenger seat settings changed?  Although not conclusive, someone else may be riding in the passenger seat. Have you noticed a new perfume smell in the car that’s not yours? Little trinkets like earrings or hair ties under the seat? These could be signs of cheating.

A sudden makeover

A significant makeover is an indicator of infidelity. Has your husband started going to the gym, lost weight, changed his hairstyle, or upgraded his wardrobe? If he buys new clothes and underwear, it is a red flag, especially when he has no history of caring deeply about them. If your partner suddenly wants to take over his laundry, you may have a problem. This change also applies to new bathing habits when he rushes to the shower immediately after work.

New habits and hobbies

If your partner suddenly has a new playlist with songs you’ve never heard of, it’s a sign of something new. The people we spend time with, especially in romantic relationships, influence our preferences, including music, words, and phrases.

We pick up the language of those we’re close to, and if your husband starts using new vocabulary or phrases, that’s a red flag. The same goes for interests. If your partner has suddenly started a new activity, like running, find out what inspired this change.

Unexplained spending habits

Watch out for unusual cash withdrawals, a high phone bill, credit card payments, and unfamiliar bank statements. He may start having unexplained long work hours and continually mention or praise a new coworker. That colleague might be the new love interest.

Sex life changes

There is a sudden change in your sex life. The sex techniques, intensity, and frequency are warning signs. The frequency of the sex may decrease but may also suddenly spike, with the cheater initiating sex more often than before. In a healthy relationship, sexual frequency and libido fluctuate, but a marked change may be a sign of infidelity.

What to Do If He is Cheating

I suspect my husband is cheating but I have no proof. If you suspect your husband is cheating, the first emotion is disbelief and denial. What should you do when you suspect he is cheating but have no proof?

Hire a private investigator

If you suspect infidelity and your spouse hides it well, you may need to get proof first. Hire a private investigator to get you concrete evidence of who his affair partner is, as well as the exact times and places. If the investigator discovers he is cheating, confront him with the evidence from chats, phone records, etc.

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Talk to your spouse about your concerns

Sit down with your partner and air your concerns without being accusatory. If he is cheating, he may become defensive and try to gaslight or counter-accuse you of being the cheater. Stand firm, and don’t let him distract you from the conversation or use your insecurities against you.

Seek support

Seek support from family members or your best friend, who will allow you to vent without judging or making you feel bad about yourself.

Take care of yourself

Unfaithfulness from a spouse can make you feel unworthy and affect your self-esteem. Take care of your mental health to avoid slipping into depression. In case he is cheating, self-care and love boost your confidence and help you successfully cope with the situation.

Seek professional help

Please seek professional help even before you can prove he is cheating. A therapist will guide you into acceptance if he is cheating and help you cope if you decide to break up with him.

Consider marital therapy

If you think staying in the marriage and working it out will be the best for everyone, consider couples therapy.  However, you must decide together and talk to him first. If he is cheating, he needs to feel remorse for you to start rebuilding trust.  However, you should consider walking away if he is a serial cheater.

How Growth Gals Can Help When You Suspect He is Cheating but Have no Proof

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Growth Gals helps women overcome obstacles and make informed decisions. We also help them connect with others with similar values and experiences. Subscribe to the Growth Gals newsletter to access helpful guides and resources for women. Learn more about how we can support you and help you learn more about what to do when you suspect your husband is cheating by signing up below or reaching out to us directly.

I Suspect My Husband Is Cheating, but I Have No Proof: Conclusion

Cheating damages a relationship, sometimes to a point of no repair. Sometimes, the less apparent signs will tell you whether your husband is cheating. Look out for unusual behaviors that are unlike him. Before you confront your spouse, have concrete proof of their infidelity. Wrong accusations may make the situation worse than it already is. Seek therapy and take care of your overall well-being, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

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