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In the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognized birth) or affinity (by marriage or other relationship). The purpose of families is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Ideally, families would offer predictability, structure, and safety as members mature and participate in the community. In most societies, it is within families that children acquire socialization for life outside the family. Additionally, as the basic unit for meeting the basic needs of its members, it provides a sense of boundaries for performing tasks in a safe environment, ideally builds a person into a functional adult, transmits culture, and ensures continuity of humankind with precedents of knowledge.
Anthropologists generally classify most family organizations as matrifocal (a mother and her children); patrifocal (a father and his children); conjugal (a wife, her husband, and children, also called the nuclear family); avuncular (for example, a grandparent, a brother, his sister, and her children); or extended (parents and children co-reside with other members of one parent's family).
Members of the immediate family may include spouses, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters.Members of the extended family may include aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and siblings-in-law. Sometimes these are also considered members of the immediate family, depending on an individual's specific relationship with them, and the legal definition of "immediate family" varies. Sexual relations with family members are regulated by rules concerning incest such as the incest taboo.
The field of genealogy aims to trace family lineages through history. The family is also an important economic unit studied in family economics. The word "families" can be used metaphorically to create more inclusive categories such as community, nationhood, global village, and humanism.

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    ACT Likelihood of family court

    Hi my ex husband is behaving badly again. Despite agreeing on a parenting arrangement to try out for 3 months during mediation, he went to a lawyer and sent me a nasty letter with an unreasonable parenting plan quite different to what was agreed at mediation stating that if I don’t agree to it...
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    Starting family court

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    NSW Accessing a affidavit filed at the family court NSW

    My ex partner has been embroiled in a custody and property dispute with her ex partner at the family court NSW for just under 2 years . I was recently informed from a friend of my ex that in a recent affidavit that my ex submitted she has made all sorts of false allegations against me from...
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    QLD family law

    Can someone please tell me what this means as i have to do myself. consolidated trial affidavit of edivence in chief, financial statement and one witness affidavit?. in relation to final hearing of family court case. your urgent response would be greatly appreciated
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    Obtaining copies of tax returns submitted by my family trust.

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    chances of more than 50 50 via family court

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    QLD Can you sue a Family Report Writer

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