Why Does My Spouse Accuse Me of Cheating?

Jun 22, 2022 | Blog, Family Issues, Relationship Issues

Cheating. It’s widely considered the biggest no-no in relationships. It’s ended relationships, caused people severe pain, and is one of the most talked-about topics in relationships.

Despite it being taboo, people are still cheating, and people are still accusing their partners of cheating even when they aren’t. When your spouse accuses you of cheating when you’re not, it can be confusing and hurtful. 

If you’re asking yourself, “Why does my spouse accuse me of cheating?” keep reading. 

What is Cheating? 

Everybody has a different definition of cheating. There are many criteria used to define it. You and your partner must discuss what cheating is to both of you and what is acceptable and unacceptable within your relationship. 

There are many forms of relationships, and within some relationships, a particular behavior is condoned and sometimes even expected. In contrast, the same behavior is worth ending the relationship in other partnerships. 

For example, in open relationships, both partners expect that the other will pursue an outside connection. In a monogamous relationship, however, even flirting can be hurtful to a partner and is considered cheating. 

Despite having different ideas about cheating from relationship to relationship, there are some generally accepted ideas about what cheating is:

  • Sex
  • Physical activity outside of sex, such as kissing
  • Emotional cheating

If your spouse does accuse you of cheating, be sure the two of you are clear on what cheating is within your relationship.

How Many People in Relationships Are Cheating?

Despite it being something people generally consider wrong, cheating is still highly prevalent in relationships. According to a study, nearly 50% of people have cheated in a relationship. Of those people, roughly half didn’t admit it to their partner at the time.

Because the percentage of people who have cheated in relationships is relatively high, it’s a legitimate and warranted fear that someone may be cheating. 

Reasons Your Spouse May Accuse You of Cheating

So, what are some potential reasons people may suspect their spouse is cheating on them?

1. You’ve Exhibited Signs of Cheating

Often people are accused of cheating because they recognize signs of cheating in their spouse, and their behavior has likely changed. 

Your spouse may be hesitant to accuse you of cheating because they don’t want to jump to conclusions, make you feel bad, or assume the worst, but if they might have noticed some signs that could point to cheating, such as:

  • A noticeable change in your intimate relationship: A change in your intimate relationship could be in either your sexual relationship or your emotional relationship. If you have been less inclined to initiate sex or decline their offer, or if you are not opening up to them as much, this could signify that something is going on, perhaps cheating.
  • Changes in spending habits: If you begin spending a lot of money on things you haven’t been spending money on in your relationship, your partner could take this as a sign that you’re cheating. Analyze these changes like extravagant gifts or trips. Are these regular expenses? Were they justified?
  • Strange changes in schedule: A change in your schedule could also lead your spouse to believe you are cheating. Perhaps you are spending more time with your friends, learning a new hobby, or spending a lot more time at work. Your partner may see this as a lie to cover up cheating.

If your partner does accuse you of cheating and you’re not, reflect on some of your recent behavior. Is it something you would be worried about if it were the reverse? 

Have an honest conversation with them about why they suspect it, and share what is going on in your life.

2. They’re Insecure in Your Relationship

Your partner may also be accusing you of cheating because they’re insecure in your relationship. Their insecurity could be for various reasons, including some of the signs of cheating mentioned above. 

If your intimacy level has changed at all, or if you are no longer spending as much time at home due to new changes in your schedule, this could lead your spouse to become insecure and your relationship. 

Again, analyze your behavior. Are you showing them you love them according to their love language? Are you still making the same effort you were beforehand to provide security in your relationship and prove your feelings and commitment to the other person? 

Remember, most spouses don’t just throw out the accusation of cheating to create friction or drama; they bring it up because they are genuinely concerned. Listen to their concern and ask how you can make them feel more secure in your relationship.

3. They’ve Been Cheated on in the Past

Cheating can create profound wounds and take a long time to heal. If your spouse was cheated on while in a past relationship, they may still have some residual emotional trauma and may carry those insecurities into your relationship. 

Even though it’s not your fault, having a spouse who was previously cheated on in a past relationship can be difficult and create tension between the two of you. Their experience may even be the root cause of them falsely accusing you of cheating. 

Again, analyze your behavior and ask them what precisely you’ve done that would make them think you are cheating. Work to reassure your partner, create confidence that you are not cheating, and encourage them to seek help to overcome those feelings within your relationship.

4. They’re Currently Cheating 

Unfortunately, sometimes spouses who accuse their partner of cheating are the ones committing the infidelity. Your partner may be the one who is cheating and is accusing you of cheating to deflect, especially if you have already made an accusation.


Cheating is a serious accusation that nobody wants to be accused of. Suppose you’re asking yourself, “Why does my spouse accuse me of cheating?” work to understand their position and heal your relationship. Be kind and understanding and show them your love and commitment. 

If you and your partner need help navigating challenges in your relationship, reach out today to see how we can help. 

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