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In the bigger world couples live apart to enhance their finances.

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Windmill, Binhai Road, Dalian, China
Image by Elizabeth Thomsen via Flickr

So Emma and I will not be an exceptional exception, except in the view of our Vancouver friends and acquaintances. I will be pursuing business opportunities in Dalian, China about 12,000 miles west of Vancouver, while she works here in a casino resort hotel. Here’s the evidence, in this morning’s NY Times, of the bigger picture of couples working apart:

The Ghoshes are hardly alone in choosing to live in different places because of work. In 2006, the Census Bureau reported that 3.6 million married Americans (not including separated couples) were living apart from their spouses. In March, Worldwide ERC, the association for work-force mobility, released a report revealing that three-fourths of the 174 relocation agents surveyed had dealt with at least one commuter marriage in 2007, a 53 percent increase since 2003.

“Families today are undergoing all sorts of strains that didn’t exist before and are simply having to adjust to make things work,” said David Popenoe, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, who says the challenging economy may force more couples into commuter marriages for the sake of a paycheck.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/04 at 10:44

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