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Every relationship has boundaries, spoken or unspoken. One common boundary is the agreement not to have sex with anyone but your partner. Breaking that agreement -- cheating -- is all too common.
Guilt often drives cheaters to come to their partners with a humble "I confess." If the partner doesn't know and will never find out, it is kinder to bear the burden of guilt and keep silent.
Whether or not a confession takes place, an incident of cheating should be enough to persuade you that something is wrong at home. If you drop everything to pursue a new relationship without first understanding what went wrong with the old one, you may find yourself repeating the same patterns and witnessing signs of lying.