Move house for DH's new job?
Chocstar · 06/12/2019 10:37
My DH has a new job quite a long way from where we live. I think it's best for the children (one of whom has special needs, so lots of things are in place for DC at current school) to stay at the school, where they're thriving, and for my DH to live away during the week. DH wants us all to move. I think we should do what's best in everyone's interests, not just in one person's interest. AIBU to think it'll be best for the children and I to stay where we are?
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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Geminijes · 06/12/2019 10:43
Would your marriage survive with your husband living away Mon-Fri?
Would you find it difficult managing both children on your own?
Would you grow resentful of your husband missing out on family life during the week?
Will your husband be able to afford to live away Mon-Fri?
Several questions to consider.
Mintjulia · 06/12/2019 10:56
Is your dh going to earn a lot more money that would allow you all to have a better standard of living?
Is he currently working or is this the only job he has been offered?
Would you be moving to an area with more opportunities for you all in the long run?
Or somewhere with less traffic/pollution?
Long distance marriages are very difficult. Is there a compromise?
norfolkforever · 06/12/2019 11:02
t vote as it would depend on things. We actually have done this. Dh got a great job across the country and we all moved as on paper its great!! <br /> <br /> Reality, its not. Only good thing is dh likes his job. The rest is shit. We have decided that as a family we were happier where we were (clues in ma name!). So our goal is to go back, which will take time as dh is looking for a new job where we were and we have a mortgage which means there is a 6 month rule that prevents anyone applying for a mortgage on our house till weve been here 6 months. Otherwise we
d be for sale now lol. before we moved here dh worked away mon- fri for 5 weeks. it wasnt too bad actually. we appreciated the weekends more. i had all the chores done midweek etc (plus packing). if you do opt for a whole family move Id strongly suggest you rent first. if only we
d done that! if wed rented we could be moving quicker!! We hate it here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
norfolkforever · 06/12/2019 11:04
oh and we moved here start of october this year. i knew within a week I hated it. Yet beforehand I was really excited (we all were) to come here. I have a psher, bigger house.....
what we have learned is a posh house means naff all. we`d rather be happy. we loved where we were before anyway. we just want to go home.
norfolkforever · 06/12/2019 11:07
before we had the same standard of living financially, but we have a bigger mortgage now. we lived in an area that was lovely, low crime........
here highr crime (should have taken the hint at WHY nearly every house here has cctv/ alarms), traffic, soooo many people here! not so friendly.
Chocstar · 06/12/2019 11:23
Thank you for your views so far.
norfolkforever - What's happening to you is what I fear might happen to you. I'm perfectly happy where we are and things are going so well for our children (they haven't always).
I'll try and answer some of your questions:
I'd definitely manage during the week without DH. I do everything for the children anyway. DH comes home late every evening and so rarely has dinner with us. He often can't make it home for bedtime, but even when he is, he's just working on his laptop, so not really 'present'.
If we moved, we would probably be able to buy a bigger house. However, we already live in a nice enough house, so I don't feel a desire to upgrade, which would only mean more cleaning and gardening for me to keep on top of anyway!
We own our house and while it would be more costly for DH to live away, we would be able to manage it financially.
Yes, DH is the breadwinner, but I do the important job of raising our children.
Reallybadidea · 06/12/2019 11:23
How old are your children? Once they start at secondary and even more so gcse and a level courses then it becomes logistically very difficult to move.
Why not let DH do the job for 6 months to check out the area and job and then move you all if it seems like the best thing to do then? I think him being away all week isn't really sustainable long term, maybe more so if it's just part of the week.
Dyrne · 06/12/2019 11:33
I’m always really curious about couples who actively choose to live miles away from each other. Isn’t the point of being in a relationship with someone to live with them? Maybe Because I moved to be with DP, and am very unhappy in my job and life, but did it to be with him. I couldn’t imagine just waving him off to move and accept that we will only see each other at the weekends; unless it was very short term?
Coughsyrupsucks · 06/12/2019 11:50
Depends what the commute time is. DH has just finished a job which was a 4 hour round trip commute (2 hours there, 2 back) on the trains and when they stuffed up, that got a lot longer. It’s been a miserable existence for us all for 3 years. We’ve had no family life because he’s been so exhausted at the weekends and he’s had no life outside of work or the bloody train. He’s not doing it again, we’ll just move closer.
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