Immediate Family Legal Definition

Immediate family have a definition and usually will be associated with a parent, spouse, children, and brethren, and also will include a pair of parents. Usually, step children and adopted children and their spouses are included in the scope of legal immediate family. A term that is generally used to refer to the smallest unit of a family that an individual lives with. Immediate family may contain both biological relatives and those related through marriage, such as a brother-in-law. Exact inclusions for the immediate family may differ depending on the defining party.

For the purposes of this disclosure, immediate family member shall mean the covered individual's biological, foster or adoptive parent, a stepparent, spouse, qualifying adult, a biological, adoptive or foster child, a step child, a legal ward or a person whom the covered individual has (or had during the person's youth) daily responsibility and financial support, mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparents, and grandchildren of both the covered individual and spouse and / or qualifying adult. A qualifying adult must be over 18 years of age, and, if a blood relative (or relative by adoption or marriage) must be of the same or younger generation of the covered individual, and, must be residing in the covered individual's household and have done so for a period of at least 12 months, and, must be financially interdependent (for example, have joint checking account or joint mortgage) for 12 months or longer, and, must be unmarried.