Adultery Statistics in South Carolina and the US

South Carolinians, and other Americans, may not be aware of the prevalence of marriage infidelity. Oh, they probably know of the longstanding human history with breaking marriage vows. Yet, it is by studying the true numbers that one comes to accurate conclusions about the problem.

Adultery is a crime in some legal jurisdictions. This means that those who cheat on their spouses do so at great risk. They face not only the possibility of losing a wife or husband through divorce, but also the chance of going to jail. Yes, it remains true that few people these days face prosecution for infidelity; however, the presence of adultery on the law books leaves open the possibility that authorities can arrest and convict someone of the crime.

To help readers better understand just what is adultery and its prevalence in South Carolina, throughout the United States and across the world, here are the relevant statistics.

Number of jurisdictions in the US with adultery statutes currently on the books.

  • 23

Adultery laws in South Carolina

South Carolina defines adultery rather broadly. Seeming impropriety while married, such as living together, is grounds for a charge. Otherwise, engaging in sex while married or when the partner is married is the basis for accusation. Those convicted of adultery face a fine between 100 and 500 dollars and between six months to a year in prison.

In New York, adultery refers to engaging in intercourse with a married person, whether married or not, or with any person while married. Anyone convicted of adultery receives punishment under state misdemeanor sentencing provisions.

Michigan is one of five states that consider adultery a felony, which means a conviction carries a jail term of possibly more than a year. There is a gender bias in the law, making unmarried men proven to be involved with a married woman guilty, while an unmarried woman, found to be in an illicit relationship, may not be charged.

States in which adultery is a felony

  • Idaho
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Oklahoma
  • Wisconsin

Adultery Statistics

  • 20 to 25 Percent of men engage in adultery at least once during their married lives.
  • 10 to 15 percent of women engage in adultery at least once during their married lives.
  • Approximately 50 percent of divorced men and women say that a partner has cheated on them at least once.
  • 11 Percent of adults living with a partner say their partner has cheated on them.
  • Women who claim to never have cheated on their husbands: More than 80 percent
  • Men who claim to have never cheated on their wives: Between 65 and 85 percent
  • 94 percent of married men and women had sex with only one person (their spouse) in the past 12 months
  • Four percent of married men and women had sex with 2 to 4 people in the past 12 months
  • One percent of married men and women had sex with over 5 people in the past 12 months
  • Over 150 countries where adultery is the number one stated reason for divorce.
  • The percent of industrialized nations that claim adultery as the leading cause for divorce: 25 to 50 percent

Get Proper Legal Advice

It is imperative that those accused of adultery take things seriously. As shown above, some courts have the power to place an offender in jail for over a year. The best course of action is to speak with a family law attorney who handles divorces. This expert will be up to date on relevant rules and procedures for defending against an infidelity charge.

Similarly, anyone who finds their spouse has been cheating should contact a legal professional. It is wise to discuss all the available options, including divorce.

South Carolina is a fault divorce state. Those seeking to break their marital bonds must provide a reason acceptable to the law. Adultery is one of the enumerated causes for a divorce in South Carolina. Proving infidelity may be difficult, nevertheless. The type of evidence accepted by the courts is something that an attorney knows and can explain to a client during the initial consultation. In many cases, this first visit comes free of charge and provides the chance for both parties to decide the feasibility of working together.