What Do I Do if I'm in Love With a Married Woman?
So, you’ve fallen in love with a married woman. This is a very challenging situation. You'll be asking yourself many questions, including, "How do I cope with the emotions involved? Do I believe she will leave her husband for me?" These are hard to know the answer to, so you'll want to read on to learn what to do to navigate these difficult waters. But, first, let's look at an example.
Example Relationship: Stu and Angela got together two years ago. She was in a stable marriage with Stu’s boss. Stu wishes that they hadn’t got involved because Angela has now become emotionally dependent on him. Every time there is any drama in her life, she expects Stu to get her back onto an even keel. He has tried to break up with her, but she threatens to tell her husband about the affair. She also told him she’d tried to take her own life, but he is not sure that he believes her. He feels trapped. What should he do?
How to End a Relationship With a Married Woman
As always, prevention is better than cure. While being with someone who is married seems deliciously dangerous, things can go horribly wrong very quickly. If you’ve made the decision to end it, then do it fast. Don’t draw things out, hoping that the problem will just go away.
- Tell her that you aren't prepared to deal with the situation any longer.
- Delete all contact details.
- Unfriend her on social media.
- Unfriend her friends.
- Don’t call her to see if she’s okay.
- Don’t answer her calls and messages to you.
- Delete old messages and photos.
- Change your behavior or even your job, if necessary, so that you don’t see her.
You may find yourself going through a kind of grieving process. This is normal, so allow yourself to process the feelings. However, don’t let it go on and on. Make a conscious effort to get involved in some mind-engaging activities, take part in sport or physical pastimes. Don’t look for someone to take her place too soon. You won’t be in the best place to be able to relate to someone new. Take your time.
FAQ About Affairs With Married Women
Why Do Women Look for Love Outside of Marriage?
According to research by Eric Anderson**, a professor at Winchester University, UK, married women look for affairs to replace the lack of romance in their marriages. He gave a survey to 100 heterosexual married women, between the ages of 35 and 45, who were having affairs. All came back with similar results. The women were looking for the emotional and sexual spark which was missing in their love-life. Interestingly, not one of the hundred said they intended leaving their husband.
So a married woman having an affair is, essentially, using you to satisfy her craving for excitement and something ‘different’ that she is unable to ask her husband for.
**The paper, "Life is Short, Have an Affair: Middle-Age Women and Extra-Marital Affairs," was presented on August 18, 2014, at the American Sociological Association's Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
She Won’t Leave Her Husband for You
Your lover has probably spent years investing in her marriage, her home and her children. It is unlikely she will give any of that up for you. When it comes down to it most women will choose certain security over an uncertain future every time. We are programmed in that way.
Remember, that just as she is deceiving him, she is probably deceiving you too. Also, if she did leave her husband for you, can you be sure that, in the future, she won’t treat you in the same way?
The Other Man’s Viewpoint
Harry is perfectly happy with his married lover. He’s not interested in a long-term relationship. It is simply a mutually pleasing arrangement. He’s young and has no wish to settle down so he sees this affair as ideal. No strings. He says if he breaks up with his current mistress, he will probably look for another married woman to take her place.
David is at the other end of the scale. He feels completely alone. He’s not allowed to discuss his relationship with a married woman with anyone. He has to make do with only seeing her once a week, sometimes even more infrequently than that. She dictates where and when they meet. He loves her. He can’t do anything about it. She refuses to leave her husband. He wants to end it, but can never make that final move.
Darren got a little drunk one night and decided to write a letter to his mistress’s husband, telling all. He wanted everything out in the open so that she would leave her marriage and be with him. However, she managed to convince her husband that ‘this guy’ had been stalking her. Darren was arrested for harassment and he never saw her again.
Mike thought he’d hit the jackpot when he met his married lover. At first, the fact that she was married didn’t bother him at all. But as time went on, he began to fall in love with her. The worst thing, he says, is being alone on those nights when they had made plans and she’d canceled them due to some family commitment. And, he says, those times when you really want to be with the one you love, Christmas, Valentine’s, birthdays - that’s when he realizes that he is not important enough to her to make her want him permanently.
An Unwanted "Affair"
In some cases, a married woman seems to be the perfect object of affection for some men. Vijay, had recently lost his mother and was emotionally strung out. He made friends with a married woman at his place of work, who offered sympathy and a listening ear. This lady had no intention of beginning an affair, but Vijay was certain that he loved her and was convinced that if he worked hard enough, she would love him too.
One day she mentioned that she and her husband had had a fight. That was Vijay’s sign that her marriage was in trouble and that he was the man for her. He bombarded her with texts and emails. He just couldn’t accept that she wasn’t looking for love outside her marriage. She pleaded with him to stop, but he carried on. Eventually, the woman cut off all contact, threatened him with the police and complained to her boss at work. Vijay was transferred to another city. He is still convinced that she will realize ‘the truth’ and leave her husband for him.
Stuck in an Abusive Marriage
Occasionally, a woman will have an affair in order to get relief from an abusive husband. The problem is, that she is usually too frightened to leave him, and will not let you intervene. This scenario can leave you desperate because there’s nothing you can do. You worry because of what he might do to her if he finds out about her cheating. You worry when you don’t hear from her. You worry when you are together in case you are caught. Your life is a mass of heaving tension. It’s not fun.
In the interest of being truthful, I was married once and had an affair with a married man. To be fair, my marriage was over anyway. I left my husband, and my lover left his wife. We eventually married. It was not a good marriage and we divorced after ten years. Do I regret it? Yes… and no. He taught me a lot—mostly how not to treat people. He died in 2016.
Are you having an affair with a married woman?
- 49% Yes, and it's the best.
- 32% Yes, and it's the worst.
- 9% No, but I did once.
- 10% Never have, never will.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
I've been with a married woman for over a year. She claims she and her husband are separated but live in the same house. They have two children who were the result of manipulation and her playing games to get him when he was in a previous relationship. She tells me I'm the love of her life, but after a year and a month of being involved with her, she hides it from him. I need some real advice. Can you help me?
My real advice is that she is also playing games and manipulating you. If you like that idea, then carry on. If, however, you would prefer to be in an equal, mature, and mutually rewarding relationship, then run away. She is destructive, self-serving, and obviously doesn't care about the pain she is inflicting on her husband, children, and you. She will never find true happiness with anyone. You, on the other hand, could do so much better.Helpful 140
The married woman I am seeing is still sleeping with her husband, and it's hurting me. How can I deal with this? She tells me she loves me, and I love her too.
You know there is no future here for you. She's not going to leave him. How can you put up with a lover who sleeps with someone else? Walk away and get your life back.Helpful 129
I am in love with a married woman, but I do not want to be for obvious reasons. There is no relationship, and I am not sure if she knows about my feelings. What should I do?
Unrequited love is so painful. However, it seems you understand that there is no future in this, so you need to put some strategies in place to help you get past this. For instance, avoid seeing her and find some distracting activity to turn to when you start thinking of her.
I promise that what you feel is not real love. Real love can only grow when two people share an emotional bond. When it is from a distance and one-sided it can only be infatuation. Once you think this through and understand what you are feeling, you should be able to deal with it.Helpful 62
I have been in a relationship with a married woman for six months. Her husband recently found out about us. Now her husband is becoming cruel to her. He wants to end the marriage. She is now in a dangerous situation. What should I do?
You shouldn't do anything other than give her the support she needs. Then she should agree to divorce her husband. Don't forget that he is the injured party here. What you chose to do has put them both in this situation. The best for all is to end the marriage quickly and sort yourselves out. Her husband gets to move on with his life and you two can be together.Helpful 61
I've been in a relationship with a married girl for a couple of months. The way she acts, the way she talks or how she shows that she cares about me is just amazing. They are living in the same house but they use different rooms to sleep. Everything is perfect so far but when I ask her about her opinion about getting divorced, she always keeps ignoring that question. I don't know the reason why?
If your girlfriend is not planning a divorce and refuses to talk about it with you, you can stake your life on the fact that her marriage is intact and they are sleeping in the same room. I guarantee it. You are being used.Helpful 55
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