Dear Nakshatra, One has to experiment with options and not go with one's need alone. What if husband doesn't want to come back immediately and changes his mind to come after a year? He also needs a cushion to find a comfortable role back in India. A primary earning's member's career plays an important role in taking a decision. What if Anika herself wants to go back to him after a year ? Things will not remain the same after a year as they are now. At least it will give them a satisfaction that they worked on various options and whatever option they choose it was a well thought out decision where one did not sacrifice career nor one's emotional connect to a particular place whether it is in India or the US. . Again all this experiment will work depending on kids, their school and how they deal with mummy papa staying apart.