An overseas assignment can be a very exciting prospect. The opportunity to work with new colleagues in a different country can be the highlight of one’s career. Yet it is estimated that nearly 40% of expat assignments fail, with family issues and lack of support in the host country often cited as the reasons. The same things that make a trip abroad exciting – new job, new home, and new culture – are often the very things that make an assignment stressful. When your assignment includes your partner or children, the stress can be compounded.