Last Sunday, I was in an Uber coming home from church. During my conversation with my driver, I happened to mention that I was a marriage and family therapist. As expected, he began telling me all of his relationship issues. Through his venting, he mentioned that his wife had cheated on him in the past and now gets offended when he asks about her whereabouts.
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The most essential aspect that needs to be restored is trust. There’s no time limit on how long it takes to rebuild someone’s trust. However, both partners have to be committed to doing whatever they can to restore the parts of their relationship that they love. Another component that needs to be restored is communication. Lack of communication and closeness between partners may have contributed to the start of the infidelity. Hopefully once trust and communication begin to be restored, the relationship can stand a fighting chance to make it through.
After open discussions and communication, the couple is able to reach a new level in their relationship. They can have new experiences together and share vulnerabilities that they may have not shared before. They can also resume, or begin date nights, and other special traditions they may have ceased.
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