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Cheating Versus Going Through Your Significant Other’s Phone

Take a moment and imagine this little dilemma: Person A is cheating on their significant other, Person B. On the other hand, Person B, who has absolutely no idea of the cheating going on, went through Person A’s phone and found out. So, who’s the worse person? Person A or Person B? Maybe one of these situations might sound familiar to you, perhaps because it happened to you or you knew someone who was in this situation.

The Difference?

Do you think one of them was more wrong than the other? Maybe you think Person B was more wrong because of violating the other spouse’s privacy. Or, Person A is worse for cheating.

Well, even if Person B was unknowingly being wronged, that doesn’t justify the invasion of privacy. Whether you’re cheating or snooping around, both of those actions are equally wrong.

You might think cheating is the worse act between, but snooping around without your significant other’s knowledge is just as bad. Both actions destroy the trust you have for one another. Invasion of privacy is a violation of a constitutional right. And when you cheat, you’re taking advantage of your significant other’s trust in you.

Breaches in Trust

Whether you’re cheating on your partner or looking through their messages, you’re breaching the trust you have in your relationship. Trust is one of the main foundations of any relationship. And if you do something to betray that trust that you and your significant other have in your relationship, you practically destroy your relationship with them.

Cheating and snooping around both destroy the trust in a relationship, they’re just two different ways of doing it. Whatever action you choose to do is a breach of the trust that you have for each other. That doesn’t sound good at all, does it? A breach of trust, no matter how much you try to justify it, is still a breach of trust.

Snooping around without your significant other’s knowledge is not lesser of evil compared to cheating. Cheating isn’t any better than snooping around either. Both acts destroy the trust you have for one another in a relationship and that’s more than enough to tell you that they’re both pretty terrible things to do. They’re practically just two sides of the same coin.

Should you want a divorce, you don’t need to find fault in your spouse to do so. Consult a lawyer to know how to properly deal with a situation wherein trust is breached, and rights are violated, even by your very own spouse.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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