Your parents and siblings (brothers and sisters) are your immediate family.
Extended family includes all your relatives – uncles, cousins, great-aunts, etc.
A person who is related to you by a long series of connections can be called a distant relative.
If you’re lucky to have a loving family or a close-knit family – these expressions refer to a family that has good relationships, where everyone loves each other and helps each other, then you probably had a carefree childhood – that means you had nothing to worry about when you were young.
If you were raised in a loving family, then you probably had a carefree childhood – that means you had nothing to worry about when you were young.
A family in which the relationships are bad or unhealthy can be called a dysfunctional family.
If the children experience abuse, poverty, or problems with the law, we can say they had a troubled childhood.
A family in which there are divorces or separations is sometimes called a broken home.
A judge can grant joint custody – that means the exhusband and ex-wife share the responsibility – or sole custody to only one parent. If it was a mutual divorce/separation – that means the ex-husband and ex-wife agreed to separate without fighting – then they will probably stay on good terms with each other (meaning to have a polite relationship without conflicts) the opposite is messy divorce.
If a woman gets pregnant without being married or in a relationship, then she will become a single mother.
Sometimes, when the adopted child (parents are adoptive parents) is older, he or she tries to find their birth mother (biological mother).
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