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Relocation: Different states, who should move?

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Regarding relocation, if and when a couple live in different states, should woman always be the one to move? How’d the relationship work out if both parties are unwilling to move due to different various reasons?

 

I think it’s harder and challenging for a single parent with young kids to move out of state with custody issues than someone who’s single with no kids.

 

Your wise, logical, reasonable and biblical feedbacks be greatly appreciated.

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1 hour ago, TheFiveSolas said:

Regarding relocation, if and when a couple live in different states, should woman always be the one to move? How’d the relationship work out if both parties are unwilling to move due to different various reasons?

 

I think it’s harder and challenging for a single parent with young kids to move out of state with custody issues than someone who’s single with no kids.

 

Your wise, logical, reasonable and biblical feedbacks be greatly appreciated.

This question should be seen in a broader context of how decisions are made in (relation to) marriage. If we look to Scripture, we see first that the man is commanded to love his wife. Paul writes, "Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them" (Col 3:19). This means in all decisions made that the man should take the arguments and considerations of his wife into account very seriously. However, the Bible also speaks about the subjection of a woman to her husband. Paul says, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord" (Col 3:18). The line in this text is that the man ultimately makes the decision. Nonetheless, he should make his decisions wisely and practically.

 

A good example is Jacob when the Lord told him to leave Laban. Jacob first tells his wives what the Lord told him. "And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock...And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream...now arise!, get! thee out from this land, and return! unto the land of thy kindred." (Gen. 31:4,11,14). Hereafter, he listens to what his wives have to say, "And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house?...now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do" (Gen. 31:14,16). Here, we see that Jacob deals wisely with his wives.

 

In the case of your question of moving to a different state, I would argue that the man has to consider the practical options (as said about having children). However, if both do not want to move, ultimately there are Scriptural two options: 1. No marriage, each person stays in his or her own state. 2. Marriage, whereby the man makes the ultimate decision, taking the arguments of his (future) wife into account.

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