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family

Traditionally, people who are related by blood or marriage. The term can mean many different things depending on the circumstances. Most statutes have a section devoted to “definitions” that will tell you the intended definition of words used in the law. For example, the concept of what constitutes a family may be important in zoning cases for single-family housing or apartment restrictions against non-family members living in the apartment with the tenant.

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This offbeat dysfunctional family saga sidesteps cliches with its tale of adult children trying to escape the past.
But 20 years ago, creator Matt Groening "had no idea" the series about the dysfunctional family from Springfield would ever last this long.
It is the breakdown of family life facilitated by successive governments and their failure to support marriage, but give full support to dysfunctional family life.
It is the breakdown of family life facilitated by successive governments, and their failure to support marriage, but give full support to dysfunctional family life.
Linda painstakingly uncovers the multifaceted secret of the story of that abandonment and in doing so, takes her readers along on an intensely personal life journey the originates in a home shattered by more than a half-century of dysfunctional family history.
Although The Amen Sisters is touted as a story about church culture, some may question if it is simply a story about a dysfunctional family in the church.
As if this wasn't bad enough, his neighbor Norma insists upon intruding in his already dysfunctional family until a freak accident renders her a cripple.
She soon finds herself into the middle of a dangerous dysfunctional family powder keg that she could end up being the igniting factor.
Over eight hours of comedy across four discs as Matt Groening's cult animated series delivers another 23 episodes of dysfunctional family fun.
It's a confessional story of Davis's dysfunctional family, centring around his wayward father, a former Harlem Globetrotter, who reconciles with his estranged white wife and their children.
The satirical American cartoon, based on the archetypal dysfunctional family, has unexpectedly achieved what teachers and parents have long failed to do.
The child who has a kleptomaniac for a mother, an alcoholic for a father, and juvenile delinquents for siblings, is not the lucky beneficiary of domestic diversity, but the victim of a dysfunctional family.