Expat spouses can be subject to a lot of hurdles when moving with their partner to a new country. Culture shock, language barriers, lack of career opportunities or inability to work due to visa regulations can all contribute to a loss of identity, suffering mental health and relationship issues. When an expat partner is experiencing these issues it is referred to as trailing spouse syndrome.
Moving countries, leaving your job, family and friends and adapting to a new culture and local language can be difficult on expat partners. While their partner is busy with their new assignment or job, partners can feel lonely and develop feelings of regret, resentment or even expat depression. All of this can take its toll on the relationship too.