Joint and Nuclear families and their effects on marriage

The type of family – joint or nuclear, could have a bearing on the health of a marriage. Both family set ups have their pros and cons and the ability to mould a marriage. Nuclear families leave the couple to support each other and away from the family politics. A joint family lends a support system especially for the children but there are additional responsibilities and bickerings involved which can harm the relationship. There is a higher need for the couple to keep adjusting when in a joint setup , to please the family. A nuclear family lets them take decisions to move away or think of separation with greater ease.

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Ranjana Kamo
August 1, 2017


  1. I think nuclear families are better. I live in a joint family and every decision has too many people giving advice, and one feels the need to please everyone every step of the way. Ideally, family should live near by but in different houses. That’s the best of both world in my opinion.

  2. Both of course have pros and cons as rightly pointed out. It depends on how the rest of the family members are – how meddlesome and intrusive in the couple’s life. A joint family can be a boon if both are working and there are young kids.

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