A split-family status occurs when an assignee’s family lives apart at least a portion of the time they are abroad. What are the challenges facing a relocating family in a split-family status, and what support can you provide to help achieve a successful assignment?
Challenge #1: Dual Careers
For dual-career families, the spouse’s employment may be just as important to the family income as the assignee’s. Spouse employment issues might prevent a family from moving together to the new locale—for instance, if the non-transferred spouse is required to give a specific period of notice, this may prevent the entire family from making the move together. For female spouses, cultural differences can make relocation particularly difficult, as some countries do not practice equal opportunities between men and women, making it challenging for a female spouse to find a suitable job.