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More forms of cheating than physical or emotional

In Massachusetts, many couples find their relationships on the rocks due to some form of cheating. Whether one partner slept around or even sent lewd texts to another person, infidelity is considered grounds for divorce in this state. But there is a hidden form of cheating that is often looked over: financial. While it may not seem as serious, financial infidelity could ultimately lead to the end of a marriage.

One of the most blatant offenses is one partner hiding money from the other. This is different from having separate accounts. Marriages are all about sharing and trust, and hiding money crosses that line. In the same light, hiding debts from each other could also tear down whatever confidence has been built in the relationship.  

Because the majority of married couples share accounts and assets, one partner blowing money on frivolous spending and downplaying it can be detrimental. This can include both minimizing the importance of the spending, or lying about the costs of different items. Similarly, making risky investments without your consent can constitute financial cheating.

Another common problem is a partner giving money to their family without the other’s consent. While this may seem innocent, it can often snowball into a major problem, especially if the family guilts the partner into giving them money. Finally, if your partner doesn’t share good financial news, like a raise, with you, they could be hiding more than just that from you.

If your partner is cheating on you financially, a good first step may be to talk to them about the issue. If the problem still isn’t alleviated, consulting a divorce attorney may be a viable option. 

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