Adopted children have the same status as biological children and therefore aren't separately listed above.
Common Law Partners
Divorced persons who continue to reside together or with their former in-laws.
Foster Parents / Guardians
Multigenerational HouseholdA household that includes a grandparent or great grandparent, parents and grandchildren. This is the traditional type of family unit in many cultures. Multigenerational households can be extremely efficient and also tend to occur in places where families are under economic pressures.
Stem FamilyA stem family is a common occurrence whereby adult children continue to live with their parents after getting married such that their spouse moves in with their parents. This becomes a multigenerational household if this couple has children.
Extended Single-Parent HouseholdsIt is common for single parents to form a household with relatives. This can represent a solution to pressures in areas such as childcare and cost of living. The additional adults in these families may also offer support to children such that these relationships may resemble parenting in some cases.
Skip-Generation FamiliesA family with grandparents and grandchildren but no parents living in the same household.
Multiple HouseholdsIt is possible for an extended family to include multiple households at the same location such as a farmstead with multiple homes. For example, in Japan it is common to construct a family house with two completely separate living areas, kitchens, bathrooms, entrances, addresses and utility bills. These are used to form extended families consisting of two distinct households on the same land. For example, grandparents may reconstruct their house on existing land to make room for the family of one of their adult children.
Informal UsageIn the United States, it is common to use the term extended family to describe relatives whether you live with them or apart. This is an informal use of the term.
|Overview: Extended Family|
A family that live at the same location with members beyond parents and their children.