Families

A tale of two families

Will McMurdo, 12, loved being part of his parents' wedding ceremony.

Care arrangement

Mother load heaviest in split families

Mum and baby.

Kirsty Needham Most children of separated parents live with their mother most of the time, a major study has found, despite a controversial 2006 law change to promote equal custody after a divorce.

Low-income families, especially home buyers, struggle to pay power bills

Brian Robins MORE than half of all low-income families with a mortgage have struggled to pay their electricity bill over the past year, a level that is expected to rise, since both interest rates and electricity...

Families with two cultures build new bonds

Sue Tosswill and her daughter Georgie.

Kelsey Munro AS SYDNEY'S Chinese community prepares for tomorrow night's Twilight Parade, the big event of the Chinese New Year festival, the occasion holds special significance for one small group.

Families avoid burden of care for aged parents

Elderly

Adele Horin AUSTRALIANS have little faith in the family's ability to care for elderly parents, a study shows. They want government to do more.

Loving families look for permanent solution, not temporary fix

Mother Julie Hall with her three adopted sons

Adele Horin AS AUSTRALIA recorded its lowest number of adoptions ever in 2010-11, Julie and Carl Hall were celebrating the adoption of Codie, the third sibling to be legally embraced by the family in recent...

More money than sense?

Flash, brash and crass - it's the Vulgarati

Petra Eccelstone and James Stunt.

Judith Woods Gold cars, swanky superyachts and bags of bling - the new breed of uberwealthy lack class, but do they care?

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What would you do if you found out your partner had a criminal past?

Gerard Baden-Clay and Allison Baden-Clay

Katherine Feeney Some people find themselves in relationships with people who have done terrible things, and it is the discovery of this horror that forces them to make a decision: should they stay, or should they...

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Going green

Going green: the rise of the eco-funeral

A Kim Margin mushroom

Catherine Rodie Environmentally conscious souls are choosing 'greener' ways to farewell their loved ones. From the 'mushroom death suit' to a simple backyard burial, here are some of the weird and wonderful lengths...

Relax, it's the family edition

Karen Hardy From cards to capture special moments to a potty with a distraction.

Brazilian who turned 126 years old last week could be oldest living person

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Matt Roper A Brazilian man whose parents were African slaves could be the oldest living person ever documented after receiving a birth certificate showing he turned 126 last week, it was reported on Tuesday.

Bowing down to our animal overlords

Dog

Larissa Nicholson Kathryn Walters does not go on holiday with her husband. Someone always needs to stay home with the pets.

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Does birth order influence love and sex success?

Katherine Feeney New research indicates those born first stand a better chance of landing a loving, long-term relationship than their siblings. Only children were also less lucky in love.

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Does birth order influence relationship success?

Siblings

Katherine Feeney Survey suggests those born first stand a better chance of landing a loving, long-term relationship than their siblings.

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The wealthy elite

Revealed: the biggest fears of the super-rich

John Bingham Rich fear their wealth could be depriving their children of drive and ambition, study finds.

In praise of younger men

It's not just Hollywood celebrity couples who cherish relationships where older women partner younger men.

Breaking down culture of desire

Couple

Cosima Marriner We all know what causes the inherent tension between the sexes - men want sex more, lots more, than women.

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What we learn from our parents' relationship

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Katherine Feeney Did your parents have a happy marriage? If they didn't, are you screwed? Too many of us are beginning on the backfoot, and I wonder, what hope is there, if any?

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Battling anorexia

Weight of the world

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Joel Meares Debbie Salmon lived for more than 30 years with anorexia. When the disease finally took her, she left behind a record.

All men are liars: Sam de Brito

Sam de Brito If I was a rich man, I’d forgo the yachts and splurge on life’s greatest pleasure; children.