The Trailing Male Spouse

In discussions about the push for better representation of female expats within the mobility sphere, there have been several questions raised in regards to how the dynamic of a “trailing male spouse” presents itself within an assignment opportunity.

In an ideal world, the spousal support requirements would be equal, regardless of gender.  However studies are showing that the needs of a male spouse are vastly different, and if overlooked, these unaddressed needs can discourage a potential female expat from accepting the assignment, or if accepted, can eventually contribute to its failure. Organizations need to ensure that their programs and policies for Spousal Support are well defined, yet flexible enough to account for this shift.

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