I want to ask about someone's status whether he / she is married or single or divorced. I need to write it in a document. What's the way to ask about that as well as to write it in a document as a format? Does "family status" work in this context?

For example:

"What is your family status, please?"

Or in a document:

Family status: Single / married / divorced


The usual expression is "marital status". Possible answers can include single, married, widowed, separated, divorced, and maybe others (?) that I can't think of right now.

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    On census and other forms, 'family status' can be used to indicate whether a person is the responsible caregiver for a child. – Michael Harvey Dec 30 '18 at 19:03
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    I'm a lot more used to hearing relationship status. Marital simply implies married or not. Relationships can be more nuanced than that. (I'm dating someone, for instance.) But if the form is only concerned with married or not, then marital is just fine. The context of the question isn't entirely clear. (When seeing a psychologist, for instance, they might use relationship status on their intake forms instead—because they want that additional information.) – Jason Bassford Dec 30 '18 at 22:09

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