We all lie to our partner on occasion—and sometimes, that's totally OK.

"Honesty is certainly a virtue, but there are times when complete honesty can actually do more harm than good," says Paul Hokemeyer PhD, a marriage and family therapist.

Of course, no one's condoning a sweeping policy of flat-out fibbing. As a general rule of thumb, before you lie, ask yourself how your partner would feel if they found out you didn't tell the truth, suggests Rachel A. Sussman, a licensed therapist and relationship specialist. All lies—even small ones—can snowball over time into bigger issues. 

So when is it OK—and when's it not OK—to stretch the truth in a healthy relationship? Read on to find out. 

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