Dual-earner couples are on the rise. Many of these are dual-career couples: Both partners are highly educated, work full-time in demanding professional or managerial jobs and see themselves on an upward path in their roles.

Because their working lives and personal lives are deeply intertwined, dual-career couples face unique challenges. How do they decide whose job to relocate for, when it's OK for one partner to make a risky career change or who will leave work early to pick up a sick child from school? How can they give family commitments — and each other — their full attention while

TRANSITION 1: WORKING AS A COUPLE

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TRANSITION 2: REINVENTING THEMSELVES

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TRANSITION 3: LOSS AND OPPORTUNITY

A guide to couple contracting