Who constitutes a joint family?

A family is considered as a 'joint family', if it includes two or more married couples, who are related lineally or collaterally. Some joint families are lineal collateral joint families. Generally, lineal joint families are patrilineal families. In South-West and North-East India, matrilineal joint families can be traced. In some families, supplemented members such as unmarried or widowed close relatives of the nuclear families in the joint family share the residence with the joint family. Another common feature of joint families is that members of the joint family share the common property. Commonly, joint family consists three generations.

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