Should you forgive -- and forget -- an affair?

You've probably heard that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, but did you know that adultery (in some form) occurs in eight out of ten marriages in the U.S.? This is according to Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil in her book Adultery: The Forgivable Sin. With so many marriages falling prey to infidelity, how can couples be expected to stay together? "Fidelity is not a guarantee that love persists, nor is infidelity a sign that love has faded," says Dr. Weil. "With enough love, hard work, understanding and commitment, adulterous patterns can be broken." What do you think? Should you be able to forgive your partner for having an affair? Read the excerpts from Dr. Weil's book to find out why she believes that it's possible for a relationship to recover -- and even flourish -- after adultery. Then, share your opinion below.


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