The 29-year-old finance analyst says that during their pre-marriage counselling, Pauline mentioned she wanted her mother to live with them and help take care of their children in the future. it's expected that families will look after their parents," he says."I hadn't really fully taken that on board, that that's what she wanted, so I just had to get comfortable with that idea."And thankfully for us, we have really good relationships with our in-laws …
so that was OK to get my head around."Professor Halford says it can be a challenge to recognise, respect and accommodate subtle cultural differences in relationship standards, or beliefs about what relationships should be like."In many Western countries a couple is expected to develop their own life independent of their family of origin," he says."However, in Chinese and other collectivist cultures, maintaining strong relationships with parents and other extended family is expected." Australian Stuart Binfield and his South African-German wife Monique Schierz-Crusius have been together for more than three years.
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Some of these relationships are also interracial, meaning that the couple are from different ethnicities or races.
An estimated 14 percent of marriages in the United States are interracial, according to a the Council on Contemporary Families.
He says he's also made many foreign friends through his wife, including close friends he wouldn't have mixed in the same circles with otherwise.
Intercultural relationships encompass two or more different cultures, which are the customs, beliefs and behaviors of different ways of life from around the world.
Nathalie, from a Mauritian background, believes it is easier dating someone facing similar challenges because of the mutual understanding."I remember I had an Australian partner before and they just couldn't get it, like why my family was so backwards with it, and it was very challenging to have to deal with that," she says.
There's a growing number of intercultural couples in Australia as the country becomes more ethnically diverse.
Although they "really hit it off", she says they had their reservations after meeting in person because they are so different physically.
But they kept talking and had "the best conversations".
Traditions like Christmas also open new doors."Because he's never [celebrated] Christmas before — I [was] super excited and I started decorating the apartment.