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Family

Today, our understanding of the meaning of “family” is changing. The Federal Coordinating Comittee for Family Affairs defines the family in several ways:

  • The family is a social group which members shape according to their needs.

  • The family is a community of parents or single parents and children.

  • The family is a social institution.

 
Whatever our definition, the central idea is that family members are all responsible for each other, whether for legal questions or for personal decisions.
 
In Switzerland, the family as a social institution - spouses, parents, children, grandparents - determines a lot of laws and regulations. For example, a family situation determines tax levels, welfare benefits and access to some government services.

In this section: Being a parent, Family allowance, Sojourn of children