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Should you move your family for work?

  • February 12, 2013

Should you move your family for work?

When businesses relocate, many workers follow their employers to new destinations. Many enterprises hire corporate relocation companies to help their loyal staffers pack and leave one location for another. For unattached workers, the decision is usually easy - people without familial obligations can easily move without worrying how the change will affect others. Employees with families have to think of their spouses and children before agreeing to move. Relocations are stressful for families, so the decision cannot be made lightly. 

Ask yourself the following questions to help choose whether you should stay or go. 

Am I the breadwinner? 
The days of the single-income household are over. Most families earn two steady paychecks, but the pay is not always equal. One person will always earn more money than his or her spouse. Families must consider who is the top earner before moving out of state for work. 

If you're the breadwinner and your company is relocating, you should probably move. It is difficult to command a sizable salary in today's job market, so you should keep your position as long as possible. If your spouse is the family's top earner, staying put is the best option. You would endanger your long-term finances by eliminating the larger income. 

What about my extended family?
You have to think beyond your household before uprooting your clan. A family is not limited to parents and children - there are aunts, uncles, grandparents and other extended family members to consider. If you leave, it may splinter your family and make it difficult to keep in touch. 

Experience.com, an online career center, recommends considering how moving would impact your spouse's relationships. While it may be easy for you to leave your home, your partner's needs should come first. Ask if he or she has always been close to other family members. 

Would my children benefit from the move?
Every child reacts differently to moving. Some thrive in new environments, but others are too shy to make new friends. Parents should think about how their sons and daughters would react to leaving their current homes for a new location. 

Research the educational opportunities around your potential new home. Contact schools about integration programs for new students to ensure that a transition would be relatively painless. Additionally, you should look into social programs like youth sports.

 

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