Expatica’s Partners section offers advice on relationships and dating, especially helpful for new ‘global nomads’ who have launched themselves into their new life abroad with enthusiasm, often without the emotional and logistical support of a partner. Or read about expats dating the locals in articles such as Dating across cultures, which offers some basic tips on dating which can be applied to all cultures and nationalities. Expatica’s dating site and Forums offer the single expat ways to expand their social circle and feel at ease more quickly in Germany.
Marriage in Germany
Expatica offers tips for those wishing to tie the knot in Germany and takes them through the often complicated trail of bureaucracy to marital bliss. Visit Expatica's Forums to get tips from other expats who have been through the system.
Moving your marriage abroad
Moving your marriage abroad is no easy affair, and the pressures of relocation have rocked many formerly stable relationships. But with the right approach and preparation before the big move, many couples, with or without kids, will pull through, and their lives will only be richer for the experience. On Expatica’s Partners channel, you’ll find numerous articles on how to deal with the trials and tribulations faced by relocating couples, how to secure visas to enable family to join you in your new country of residence and even how to carry out long distance relationships.
Articles like The marketplace of Eros look at modern day love, while Breaking up in the time of Twitter and Love in the age of Facebook give insights into how today’s technological advances have affected dating and relationships.
The accompanying spouse
Industry relocation surveys consistently cite family concerns as the top reason for early return of expats from assignment and partner support is becoming increasingly important. Contributing to this trend, along with concerns for children’s education, is spousal dissatisfaction. Expatica's recent survey of expat women reveals that female expats who initiate relocation themselves are twice as happy as accompanying or 'trailing' spouses. The title of Expatica HR feature ‘Dual or duelling careers?’ just about sums it up. Organisations like the Permits Foundation have helped accompanying or ‘trailing’ spouses to obtain visas to work abroad and savvy young career couples nowadays try to ‘take turns’ with their careers, but the issue remains a tricky one to resolve.
No one wants to speak about splitting up, but it happens, and the process can be all the more devastating for the expat living outside of familiar territory, often without the support network of close family and friends. Expatica’s article Divorce overseas: ten steps to protect your children offers advice for families, especially when more than one country or nationality is involved.
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