Looking at someone's Facebook profile?is the best way to see who someone is dating or related to "on the down-low".? However, if you want to change your relationship status on Facebook, and keep the change private—this is the article for you...

What Are the Available Relationship and Family Statuses?

There are 13 relationship status types available to select on Facebook. Some of them; like married, single, in a relationship, engaged, divorced, separated, and widowed; are well-known terms around the world. Meanwhile, others?require a bit of an explanation depending on where you live

Here are a few of the other relationship terms Facebook includes and what they mean:

  • In a civil union: This term was created originally for same-sex couples and is defined as a union with legal rights similar to marriage. The term is used in certain states in the U.S.
  • In a domestic partnership: When two people live together but are not married.
  • It's complicated: This is not a legal relationship term and it is typically used when a couple is not in a relationship but they are together. Some people use this when their relationship is fraught with tension.
  • In an open relationship: This is a relationship that is non-exclusive. People in an open relationship?court?other people while dating each other.
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The family statuses are fairly simple and require no explanation: mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandmother, grandfather, step-mother, step-father, step-daughter, step-son, nephew, niece, cousin, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and father-in-law.

Did you know that there is a secret URL that shows the entire Facebook relationship history of any two people on the platform? We show you how to see this information with this article about how to see the relationship history of any two people on Facebook.

How to Change Your Relationship Status on Facebook

Changing your relationship status on Facebook is easy, and you can even tailor the privacy settings to suit your current situation.

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To change your relationship status on Facebook:

  1. Go to your Facebook profile.
  2. Click on Edit Public Details which is below your profile picture and personal information. (On Facebook
  3. Select Edit in the Details section.
  4. Scroll down to Relationship.
  5. Here, you can unselect the box next to your relationship status so it won't appear in your Intro on your profile, however, the status will still be public in your Bio.
  6. Click on the pencil icon.
  7. This is where you can change your relationship status, enter the name of the person you're in the relationship with, and select pertinent dates for your relationship (anniversary).
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Now you can change the privacy of your relationship status:

  1. On the bottom left corner, you will see an earth icon, this is the privacy standing of your relationship status. You can change it to Public, Friends, or Only me.
  2. Click Save to save your changes.
  3. Click Save again to save all of your changes.

You can also add family members to your Facebook profile so your Friends will be able to see who you are related to.

Related: How to Manage Your Facebook Privacy Settings for Specific Posts

To add a family member to your?profile on Facebook:

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  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Below your relationship status, click on See your about info.
  3. Scroll down to the Family Members section.
  4. Select Add a Family Member.
  5. Enter the family member's name.
  6. Select?your relationship with that family member.
  7. On the bottom left corner, you will once again see an earth icon, this is the privacy standing of your?family member?relationship. You can change it to Public, Friends, or Only me.
  8. Click Save.
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Now you have complete control over Facebook when it comes to your relationship and family statuses.? You can choose if you want to keep these unions private or show them off!

Consult Your Partner Before Changing Facebook Relationship Settings

Before making any changes to your Facebook status, it's always a good idea to talk to your partner and ask if you should change your status to "In a Relationship" if you're dating or "Single" if you've decided to go your separate ways.

Because making these changes without both parties knowing can lead to some awkward moments.

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