Your partner calls up ecstatic. They just received an amazing job offer that pays better, has more opportunity for advancement-and is halfway across the country. That excitement quickly turns into apprehension, and leaves you wondering what will be involved, what sacrifices will need to be made and whether this is something that can be done successfully.

Without a doubt, few things have the potential to strain a relationship, whether old or new, dating or married, as a major move. On the other hand, depending on a couple's circumstances, a move may very well open up new opportunities that ultimately strengthen a relationship. Either way, there are a number of factors that should be considered.

One big consideration is family. If one, or both, of you have family that you are very close to, this may make any long-distance move all the more difficult. This may be especially difficult, or impossible, if one of you is a caregiver to a sick or elderly family member.

Another consideration is any friends you may have in your current location. Especially if these are close friendships, perhaps go back many years, this could make a potential move very difficult. On the other hand, especially if you have lived apart in the past, these may be friendships that can endure distance unscathed.

Another factor to consider is work and finances. If you are a two-income household, there can be even greater challenges. Even if your partner has received an amazing job offer, your job should still be a consideration. Your current job may be a higher paying job than the one you may be moving for. In addition, you may enjoy your current job, while the prospects in a new location are far less desirable. However, it is also possible that the exact opposite situation may exist. If you currently are unhappy with your job, or there are significantly better job prospects in the new location, this could be a tremendous incentive to proceed with the move. An evaluation of the cost of living can also be valuable in deciding which location offers the most stable environment.

If there are children involved, the social and school opportunities in the new location should also be a factor. Good schools, social activities for children and crime rates all become far more significant if children are involved.

Not to be ignored are the social opportunities for you as a couple. Given the amount of stress that a move can put on a relationship, it is important to ensure that there will be things for you and your partner to do together in the new location. Points of mutual interest and activities you both enjoy can go a long way toward making the relocation as smooth and successful as possible.

There are certainly challenges that go along with relocating. With careful consideration and planning, however, you may find it to be a rewarding move.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Alexandria offers relationship advice for men and women of all ages, and in all stages of life. Regardless of if you are newly single, a dating veteran or married, you'll surely find useful tips to help you find love, navigate through your relationship and build stronger, long-lasting relationships. Follow Brooke on her journey through relationships at