The story of the wealthy Mayfair lady who left her considerable fortune to a couple who ran a Chinese restaurant and left nothing for her own family which resulted in a defeat for the blood relative family contesting the will in the high court underlines how some of us may now be appointing new families around us that may not strictly be drawn from true blood relatives.
Adopting New Family Structures
I can’t comment on whether this ladies family had abandoned her in old age (they refute those inevitable rumours) or if this lady just thought her own family were wealthy enough and had decided she’d rather pass on her wealth to people who had treated her as family and wished to do the same in return by leaving her 10 million to a different family she’d formed around herself in her later years..
Broken Society Broken Families?
The notion of family is often seen as an institution under attack particularly in some political circles and its fragmentation scapegoated for many of societies ills. For many the broken family is too easily seen as causing a broken society.
There is the argument that the idea of and the entry rules for ‘family’ may now be a more fluid affair. For some, family love and support may not the ideal with family love and support being entirely conditional andsome may reach out and form new and different social connections and support structures that better fit the constraints of living in the modern world.
You often hear it said that you can’t choose your family. Well maybe some of us can and are doing so.