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Quenby Wilcox
Quenby Wilcox is the Founder of Global Expats, which assists expat families, targeting the homemaker and expat mom. She moved abroad for the first time in 1977 to live in England as a Third Culture Kid (TCK); to Paris in 1987 as a student; and in 1989 until 2008 she was an expat, trailing spouse, living in Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Paris, Bogotá and again Madrid. In 2009, due to a high-conflict divorce in Spain, she returned to Washington, DC seeking assistance from the U.S. government, as she fought for her and her children’s rights in Spanish family courts. Her case is now headed to international courts against Spain for human rights violations.

In addition to Global Expats she is Founder of Safe Child International, whose mission is to promote and defend the rights of victims of domestic violence, and publishes a monthly newsletter Family Courts in Crisis. Her blogs Having It All & Memoirs of a Trailing Spouse is posted on

Entries by Quenby Wilcox

In Defense of Maria Jose Carrascosa: Rights Are No Rights Unless Protected and Defended

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 5:23 PM

I first became aware of Maria Jose Carrascosa's illegal detention by the State of New Jersey in 2008, and have closely followed the horrific travesty of justice and mockery of the democratic process by New Jersey for the past 8 years. Unfortunately, the illegal detention and incarceration of victims of...

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Trailing Spouse vs. Accompanying Spouse: Semantics or Principle?

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 12:03 PM

The term "trailing spouse" has elicited much debate and discussion since it was coined back in the 1980s in the dark ages of the global migration of the modern expat family. Most expat spouses of today take offense at the term "trailing spouse" and have opted out for "accompanying spouse,"...

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Opting Back In: Not As Peachy As it Seems for the Divorcée

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:43 PM

In 2003, Lisa Belkin coined the phrase 'opting-out' with her New York Times Magazine article "Opt Out Revolution". Since then, many journalists have taken 'pen in hand' to write about the trials and tribulations of women leaving the work-force to raise families, and a decade later of them...

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Why So Many Moms Trade In Corporate Jobs for a Life as a Trailing Spouse

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Giving up a career to become a stay-at-home mom is difficult enough for someone who stays in the same city or country, but for the woman who moves abroad, the challenges are ten-fold. So why would a highly educated, professional woman give up her career and financial independence to follow...

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Dual-Career Challenges for the Expat Family: Why Expat Employers Should Be Concerned

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Most people believe that an international assignment with a multinational footing the bill is highly sought-after amongst corporate executives. However, this is far from the truth. Americans turn down expat posts at a rate of 94%, with 70% of these refusals due to a spouse's refusal to give up their...

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Trailing Spouses: The Unsung Heroes of an International Relocation

(5) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Every year tens of thousands of Americans pack up all of their belongings and move to another country, joining over 6 million of their compatriots who live abroad. Millions of these brave souls are the mothers and wives of expatriated employees, commonly known as trailing or accompanying spouses. These women,...

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