Both my spouse and I work at a large corporation. The local branch has around 1,000 people. We are relocating to a different state - and my spouse goes first. I will follow in six months due to some former commitments (additional contracts, lease).
While we do not work in the same department, my manager got the wind of the news and wants to talk to me 1-on-1. My manager knows about my spouse leaving. He wants to find out if and when I would/will leave. I have already signed a job offer for my next position (with starting date in six months).
Eventually, I do plan to give more than a two week notice. Three or four, perhaps. But I cannot tell my manager that I will be leaving in six months.
I am employed at-will. I work in high-tech and the world is pretty small. I definitely do not want to burn any bridges.
What are some good ways to steer and handle the conversation?
Why cannot I tell my manager? What if you plan to go a competitor? (I will not). Being a short-timer for a number of months does not look appealing to me.
My specialty is an interesting combination of ECE-ME-CS (electrical & mechanical engineering / computer science). Project cycles range from 6 months (a quick demo) to 3 years.
EDIT: My spouse did say (and rightfully so) that she will have the option of some remote work. That is, if one leaves the company it is customary to tell which location the person will go to.
EDIT: My job cannot be done on a remote basis.
EDIT: We are based in the US.