Among the Canichmehah, there are three types of kin: birth family, family by blood, and family by declaration.
The legally-recognized degrees of birth family include parents, children, grandchildren, and siblings. Also acknowledged are ties through adoption or legal guardianship. So, for instance, if a Canichmeh is raising his nephew and has legal guardianship over him, their relationship is considered the same as parent and child.
Family by blood includes the person who made you (your sire), others your sire made (brothers and sisters by blood), and people you have turned (your children by blood). Grandsires and grandchildren, aunts/uncles, and cousins are not legally recognized as family, although some people maintain a close relationship with their more distant relations (Joshua is fairly close to Micah, despite the fact that several generations separate them).
Family by declaration can be anyone you share blood with and publicly declare a kinship relationship with. This can include children by adoption (e.g. when Isaac adopted Rose after her husband/sire died), spouses/lovers, and, in the case of Anselm and Micah, brotherhood. In some cases blood may be shared without a declaration of kinship--as was the case when Anselm and Isaac shared blood. This can happen when blood is accidentally shared, but it is most commonly practiced by leaders who share with their second-in-command for security and safety reasons.
There are Canichmehah in same-sex relationships. Historically, they declared each other “sisters” or “brothers,” but everyone understood that they were actually a romantic couple (Anselm and Micah were actually odd in that they weren't in a homosexual relationship when they declared kinship). In the last twenty to thirty years, though, it’s slowly become more commonplace to simply declare the other person a “lover” and dispense with the euphemism all together.
Canichmehah can also declare kinship with a human. This is most commonly done when they take a human spouse, but it sometimes also occurs if they adopt a human child as their own (as Anselm’s father adopted him).
People who are kin--in any of the three ways--cannot be forceably separated by the Council. They can, however, choose to live separately, if they wish. Bonds--both natural and declared--can be publicly broken and renounced at any time.
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