A little context before I start with the questions, of which I’m sure that some of them have been answered here before.
So, I’m an English guy married to a French woman (for 10 years now) living in the UK (she has been here since 2000). We were married in France and have a French marriage certificate. Two kids (dual nationality) who are 6 and 9 born in the UK. We both work full time in UK companies and have “comfortable” salaries. We own our own home (still mortgaged).
My French is basic - I’d say it’s about tourist level and I can follow family conversations and chat with the mother-in-law. The kids attend a French group every Saturday and speak with their mother but their French is quite basic as we mostly speak English at home (Mum is fluent).
So, living in France has always been on our minds but with the recent Brexit farce, it has brought the issue into sharp focus and we have started to think about what it would mean to live and work in France (with me aiming for gaining dual nationality at some point)
Initially we’re thinking of a trial period (e.g. 6 months/year) as my job is fairly flexible about remote working and Mrs Mum isn’t too happy in her current job.
Are there any of you here that were / are in a similar situation and have made a go of it ?
If we go for a trial, what do you think about safety nets e.g. renting your home in the UK etc ?
What about schools, rental periods, tax/legal situation for a period that short (or long depending on your perspective) ???
This would be a pretty scary change for us and there’s lots of stuff to consider and I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface but would be good to gauge responses.