The Government imposes by law up to 16 different types of family

After the scandal over the “only yes is yes” law of Irene Montero, the Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, Ione Belarra, has taken the baton with another rule: the Family Law. A rule, which the Government plans to approve on Tuesday, at the next council of ministers. Either to stop what Podemos has defined as «macho hunting and political violence»Regarding criticism of the Equality law or because Christmas is approaching, the point is that now the coalition government comes up with a law under the arm loaded with rights, financial aid, social bonds to pay for electricity and discounts on transport or museum rates.

But the key to this law is your name and the coverage you want to give. It focuses on Families, with “s”. The explanatory statement of the draft bill, to which ABC has agreed, clearly says: “The family no longer exists, but families, in the plural.” Relying on the Constitutional Court, the text ensures that «The concept of family is not limited to those of matrimonial origin“, therefore it sees it necessary to guarantee “the full legal recognition of the different types of families and their protection, be it legal, economic, in terms of upbringing and care, support through social, health and welfare services, education, culture and leisure or with respect to information technologies”.

So, the law of Ione Belarra, which does not mention the term «natality» once, displays a ‘catalogue’ of new denominations under titles as surprising as «transnational»; «intercultural», «biparental», «reconstituted», «returnee», «young» or «single parent».

That made up of two people united, or who have been, by marriage or as a common-law relationship, and their descendants, common or not, or minors under their guardianship, guardianship or foster care.

Consisting of a single parent, either female (single-parent) or male (single-parent) and one or more descendants up to the second degree, over whom they have exclusive custody and custody, in the case of minors, or who lives with one or more minors in permanent foster care or guardianship for adoption purposes when it is the only foster or guardian person.

That formed by a person under 29 years of age and their descendants or by two people under 29 years of age united by marriage or as a common-law relationship, and their descendants, as well as the people who are under their guardianship, guardianship or foster care.

Comprised of at least one person belonging to one of the LGTBI groups (lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, intersex or belonging to other sexual or gender minorities) or two people of the same sex or gender, united by marriage or as a common-law couple, and, where appropriate, their offspring, common or not, or minors in foster care or guardianship.

Includes large families and other comparable cases determined by current state legislation on this matter.

The one in which multiple births, adoptions or fostering take place.

The one in which one or both members of the couple have daughters or sons from previous unions.

Family group in which all or part of its members have settled in national territory from another State or territory.

In this last case, in addition, the minister of Podemos invents concepts that are not recognized by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) that defines that family with “single parent” “that is formed only by the father or the mother and the children». The same happens when it defines LGTBI families and it is intended to refer to two women of the same sex and their children as a “homoparental” union, when in fact the applicable term for people of the same sex, whether the parents are men or women, is “homoparental”. », according to the Royal Academy.

Although it may seem paradoxical, the rule provides, in certain circumstances, that single persons benefit from this law. Families considered ‘standard’ such as those derived from a marriage union are not left outalthough greater importance is given to unmarried couples, for which the law provides for the creation of a State Registry of Unmarried Couples and, in addition, modifies existing regulations to “introduce the figure of the unmarried couple […] in the recognition of benefits, such as the widow’s pension ».


On the other hand, the norm dedicates an article to «Family diversity as a principle of the educational system» in which it obliges public administrations to include the Belarra ‘catalog’ in textbooks. The legal text indicates that the study of family diversity must also be included in other materials for educational use, complementary socio-educational and leisure activities and in the training and education of teachers and other professionals in the educational field.

As if all this were not enough, the parents of the children will not be able to refuse their children to receive this training. In this sense, the rule expressly establishes that “parents or responsible adults may not limit or impede the access of children and adolescents to information and their participation in activities to raise awareness and disseminate family diversity that are developed within the educational framework, in order to avoid a restriction of their rights to education and the free development of their personality”. Finally, the article on education in the regulations stipulates that “in a singular way, the forms and questionnaires for students may not contain non-inclusive headings”.

But for the Minister of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, all the information contained in this article about the educational system and the content that students must learn is not enough. In the section dedicated to LGTBI families, he returns to the charge with the education of children. He says that «in a unique way, the competent public administrations will facilitate the choice of educational center on equal terms by LGBTI familiesand will promote the visibility of family diversity in the educational curriculum, textbooks and other teaching materials, thus overcoming the lack of references.

That in which one or more of its members reside outside the national territory.

Family unit between people who come from different cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

One in which one of its members holds Spanish citizenship during their residence in another country.

Family in which one of its members holds Spanish citizenship during the first year after their return to Spain after residing abroad for at least one year.

That family unit in which some economic and/or social factor concurs that places it in a situation of fragility, precariousness, defenselessness or risk of exclusion.

Two people united by conjugal bond by any of the legally recognized forms of marriage. In this case, those people who live with their ancestors, or with whom they depend on by filiation, adoption, guardianship, guardianship or foster care, and those in their charge are also considered. They should always form a stable nucleus of coexistence.

Those resulting from the stable union of two people united by an affective relationship analogous to the conjugal one, of legal age or emancipated minors, who were single, divorced or widowed, and who are not part of another common-law couple, without kinship bond up to the second degree, when recorded as such in the state register of common-law couples.

The memory of the law indicates that, “a provision is contemplated according to which the benefits and measures derived from this law may also be applied to people who live alone or in non-family cohabitation units when expressly provided for”

NIE for irregulars

People not born in Spain will also benefit from this law because –according to the draft report to which this newspaper has also accessed– it is based on “more in territorial criteria (domicile in Spain) than personal (nationality)», which will make it possible for everyone residing in our country to access the promises of the regulatory text.

It even goes further, and also provides “that in the case of non-resident Spanish nationals who are not part of a transnational family (that is, when some of its members reside in Spain and others do not), they may also have right to the provisions of this Law and within the framework established in Law 40/2006, of December 14, on the Statute of Spanish citizenship abroad”.

In addition, in the case of immigrant families, the law provides that they be provided with a NIE to all “boys and girls whose parents are in an irregular situation”. In addition, “the marriage process or registration in a registry of unmarried couples of the parents will be facilitated regardless of their administrative situation, with full guarantee of compliance with the legal requirements, especially in relation to capacity and consent”.

€628 million

In addition, there is a section dedicated to the “family relations of the prison population” which provides that it is guaranteed “the maintenance of family relations of the penitentiary population with their partners, children and other relatives and relatives” through the inclusion of “Modules for mothers or fathers with children under 3 years of age». In addition, to “avoid family breakdown, mixed departments for people of different sex, and departments for people of the same sex, married, or common-law couples united by a similar bond of an affective nature may be established for certain groups of the prison population. -sexual”.

According to the calculations made by the Ministry of Social Rights, and as reflected in the regulatory impact report, the law will cost around 628,000,000 euros.

The Government imposes by law up to 16 different types of family