Cheaters are most likely to be over 40, part of a conservative religious group or married at an early age, according to Lyonswood Investigations.
Based on their 35 years of experience catching out adulterous partners, the Sydney based private investigators have narrowed down the most common attributes of the unfaithful.
Private investigator Lachlan Jarvis says he regularly researches people who have followed religious teachings or parental pressure to marry at an early age and have subsequently discovered they are not compatible with their spouse.
“I do not claim to be a relationship expert,” Jarvis told Women’s Health, “But it seems self-evident that if people marry at a younger age, it may turn out that they develop in different ways over the years and find they have less in common than they once did by the time they hit 40.”
And if you have suspicions about your significant other straying, Jarvis says you should trust your gut.
“The innocent party will know it when they see it,” he said. “Intuition is powerful over time. It’s difficult to be precise but I’d guess that over 90% of people who suspect their partner of infidelity are correct.
“It’s the basic things – the partner doesn’t answer calls, goes missing, tells contradictory stories, stays late after work, etc. There might be call records or SMSs that suggest a liaison.”
He also revealed his thoughts on the old adage “once a cheater, always a cheater”.
“I believe people are capable of change but rarely do. Quite a number of calls we get in this area are from people who have forgiven their partner and then become victim again, 5 or 10 years down the track.”