Civil marriage is a marriage performed, recorded, and recognized by a government official.
Cohabitation is an arrangement where two people who are not married live together.
An extended family is a family that extends beyond the nuclear family, consisting of parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, all living nearby or in the same household.
(For other uses, see Husband (disambiguation).) A husband is a male in a marital relationship.
Patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property.
Polygyny (/pəˈlɪdʒɪniː/; from Neoclassical Greek πολυγυνία from πολύ- poly- "many", and γυνή gyne "woman" or "wife") is the most common and accepted form of polygamy, entailing the marriage of a man with several women.
A wife is a female partner in a continuing marital relationship.
A bridegroom (sometimes shortened to groom) is a man who will soon or has recently been married.
A housewife is a woman whose occupation is running or managing her family's home—caring for her children; buying, cooking, and storing food for the family; buying goods that the family needs in everyday life; housekeeping and maintaining the home; and making clothes for the family—and who is not employed outside the home.
An orphan (from the Greek ορφανός orfanós) is a child whose parents are dead or have abandoned them permanently.
Paternalism is behavior by an organization or state that limits some person or group's liberty or autonomy for what is presumed to be that person's or group's own good.
In the Russian Empire, snokhachestvo (Russian: снохачество, lit. 'daughter-in-law privileges') referred to sexual relations between a pater familias (bolshak) of a Russian peasant household (dvor) and his daughter-in-law (snokha) during the minority or absence of his son.
A bride is a woman who is about to be married or who is newlywed to a man.
A godparent, in many denominations of Christianity, is someone who sponsors a child's baptism, although the term has also been used in a legal sense.
Polyandry (/ˈpɒliˌændri, ˌpɒliˈæn-/; from Greek: πολυ- poly-, "many" and ἀνήρ anēr, "man") involves marriage that includes more than two partners and can fall under the broader category of polyamory.
("Siblings" redirects here. For other uses, see Siblings (disambiguation).)("Half-sister" and "Half sisters" redirect here. For the television series aired on GMA Network, see The Half Sisters.)
A sibling is one of two or more individuals having one or both parents in common.
Child protection refers to the protection of children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect.
A nobiliary particle is used in a surname or family name in many Western cultures to signal the nobility of a family.
Peter and Fevronia Day
The Day of Saint Peter and Saint Fevronia (Russian: День Святых Петра и Февроньи / Den' Svyatyh Petra i Phevronii) also known as the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness (Russian: День семьи, любви и верности / Den' sem'i lyubvi i vernosti), the Orthodox patrons of marriage, was officially introduced in Russia in 2008.
In psychology, a family nexus is a common viewpoint held and reinforced by the majority of family members regarding events in the family and relationships with the world.
In evolutionary psychology, the Cinderella effect is the alleged higher incidence of different forms of child-abuse and mistreatment by stepparents than by biological parents.
A spouse is a life partner in a holy matrimony, marriage, civil union, domestic partnership or common-law marriage.
Fathers' rights movement
The fathers' rights movement is a movement whose members are primarily interested in issues related to family law, including child custody and child support that affect fathers and their children.
An only child is a person with no siblings, either biological or adopted.
A surname or family name is a name added to a given name.
Grandparents are the parents of a person's father or mother – paternal or maternal.
Family reunification is a recognized reason for immigration in many countries because of the presence of one or more family members in a certain country, therefore, enables the rest of the family to immigrate to that country as well.
Infidelity (also referred to as cheating, adultery, or having an affair) is a violation of a couple’s assumed or stated contract regarding emotional and/or sexual exclusivity.
Interfaith marriage, traditionally called "mixed marriage", is marriage between partners professing different religions.
Prohibited degree of kinship
In law, a prohibited degree of kinship refers to a degree of consanguinity (blood relatedness) between persons that results in certain actions between them becoming illegal.
Homemaking is a mainly American term for the management of a home, otherwise known as housework, housekeeping, or household management.
Surnames by country
Surname conventions and laws vary around the world.
Alcoholism in family systems
Alcoholism in family systems refers to the conditions in families that enable alcoholism, and the effects of alcoholic behavior by one or more family members on the rest of the family.
Accident of birth
Accident of birth is a phrase pointing out that no one has any control of, or responsibility for, the circumstances of their birth or parentage.
Family caregivers (also known as “carers”) are “relatives, friends, or neighbors who provide assistance related to an underlying physical or mental disability but who are unpaid for those services.
A domestic partnership is an interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share a common domestic life but are not married (to each other or to anyone else).