If your partner cheated on you, would you definitely break up with them, or do you think it's possible to make a relationship work after infidelity? And if you do stay together, how does your relationship change after cheating? Knowing the answer to that question may make all the difference in deciding whether or not trying to stay together is something you really want. Ultimately, that choice is yours to make — and you should feel totally empowered to make it, regardless of what you choose — but one thing is clear: When someone is unfaithful, it does have a profound effect on the relationship.
That's because as Diana Dorell, an intuitive dating coach and author of The Dating Mirror: Trust Again, Love Again tells Elite Daily, infidelity strikes at the core of a relationship, the trust. "Whenever trust has been broken, there is a change in the dynamic of a relationship — the foundation is now shaky and it takes time to repair, but it is possible," she says.
While that's definitely good news for folks who are in this situation, it's helpful to have some idea of what issues may come up, so that you can address them head-on and not be caught off guard. So, I reached out to experts to ask what could feel different in a relationship when you decide to move forward after your partner is unfaithful. Here are the common changes they said to expect.