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Signs of Deception in a Marriage


Does your spouse lie to you? You may not think so, but many relationships have deception involved. The crazy part is that you may not even know about it.

Your spouse may tell you little white lies all the time. Or maybe you’re the one who does it. Have you ever told your spouse they look good even though they look like they just rolled out of bed? Or maybe they asked you how much those new shoes cost and you said $50 even though the true price was more like $350.

Lies like this are called deception and they negatively affect relationships because they violate trust. We all tell these little white lies from time to time, and while they may seem harmless, they can become dangerous. A pattern of lies can lead to gaslighting and even cheating.

Deception can happen in many ways. People may lie for many reasons, including avoiding a fight, hiding insecurities, and protecting their spouse from something. Deception may involve unusual behaviors, Inconsistent stories, and evasive body language. If your spouse is acting sketchy, they may be hiding something from you. Besides white lies, here are some examples of deception that you should be aware of.


Lying takes little white lies a little further and involves a blatant lie. You may have told your spouse that you were working late when you instead went to the bar and had drinks with friends. Or maybe you told your spouse you paid the mortgage bill when you really forgot. People primarily lie to avoid conflict.

Financial Deception

Lying about money and finances is actually quite common in marriages. Many lies are about debts and spending habits. Sometimes people lie about their income to make it seem as though they make a lot of money when they really don’t.

Fabricating Stories

Sometimes people embellish upon things that really happened or make up crazy stories in order to garner sympathy or admiration. Some people stretch the truth about something that happened to make it sound more dramatic. In order to impress a spouse, for example, some people may claim that they received a huge raise when they actually received a paltry pay increase, such as an extra 10 cents an hour.

Omitting Information

Sometimes people don’t outright lie but they refrain from mentioning certain tidbits of information. For example, you may tell your spouse that you went to lunch with friends, but you may fail to mention that one of those “friends” was an ex-lover. We may not mention things that we will know will make our spouse mad.

Seek Legal Help

You may think that everything is going well in your marriage, but it’s a good idea to be mindful of dishonesty. There may be deception in your marriage and you may not even know it.

Marriage should not have deceit. If you can’t trust your spouse, then it’s time to call it quits. Get the help you need from Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer Edward J. Jennings, P.A. We can help you understand the legal procedures involved. To schedule a consultation, call 954-764-4330 or fill out the online form.



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