I came across an interesting statistic recently; 25% of relationships that start as affairs succeed.
Imagine you or your partner has to go on a lot of out of town business trips some years into the relationship during a time when you are struggling with conflict. There is also the issue of not having the support of family and friends.
Having long-term successful relationships are difficult enough without trying to do them in a vacuum.
You face going from the bliss of secrecy into a tailspin of conflict with many people at once.
Of course, you face this once the affair is disclosed, no matter who you end up with, but it is less awful if you are attempting to repair the damage with your primary partner.
(For an update on this statistic go to “Can Relationships That Start as Affairs Succeed?