My partner wants to retire to Spain but I don't want to leave my family behind

DEAR DEIDRE: FOR years my partner has dreamed of moving to Spain to retire.

That time is getting closer and I dread it.

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I’m a 62-year-old woman and he is 66 – giving up work at the end of the year.

He’s worked hard, so deserves a rest, but wants us to put the house on the market and invest in a Spanish property.

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My daughter from my first marriage lives around the corner from me and I love helping her with the children, who are eight and six.

I know I need to live my own life but I have always been there for my daughter and I don’t like the idea of leaving her and her kids behind.

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DEIDRE SAYS: It’s a big decision to move to a new country but there are possible compromises.

Flights to Spain are relatively cheap and with video calls available, you can speak with your daughter and grandkids.

Think about the wonderful holidays they can have in the sun and the extended breaks you can enjoy when visiting them.


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