WEDDINGS
05/01/2012 07:31 pm ET

Marriage Affair: How Do Couples Survive Infidelity?

Is it possible to repair a relationship after infidelity?

While it may be a tough road to recovery, many couples do rebuild their marriages after affairs.

In fact, Wall Street Journal columnist Elizabeth Bernstein recently reported that up to 80 percent of couples survive infidelity. Bernstein stopped by WSJ's show "Lunch Break" Monday to explain the difference between couples who stay together after infidelity and those who ultimately split up.

"The couples who want to make it want to make it. And they want to make it because they do truly love each other, or they feel that they will come back to loving each other," said Bernstein, whose article "Back To Happily Ever After" was published on Tuesday. "They're not staying for the kids, they're not staying for the family or the money, or something else. They're staying for each other.

According to Bernstein, there are other factors that come into play when deciding to stay in the relationship, like the length of the affair and the emotional involvement of the spouse who was unfaithful, to name a few.

And despite the fact that cheating is the ultimate deal-breaker for many couples, Jay Lebow, a psychologist and clinical professor at the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., told WSJ that studies in the past have indicated that couples in marital therapy dealing with infidelity were just as successful as couples for whom no cheating was involved.

Watch the video above to learn more about marriage and infidelity.

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