All the aspects of current family life that are discussed in the text are undergoing significant changes. We do not refer to these changes as progress, a positive development, or evolution, nor as a crisis, regression, stagnation or pathological development. That is mainly because neither research, nor educational, political, legal, social or any other institutions have enough reliable and complex data available. The other reason is that determining which criteria are needed to assess the current family is still a problem. This paper characterises changes at the social and structural level (demographic trends, changes in education and work, life cycle as a change, the increasing economic standard and its differentiation, general tendencies of liberalisation, changes in woman's self-image and others). The authors deal with the methodological questions in the research of family. Representations of the changes and structure of family life are presented from the perspective of parents as well as children. In the conclusion, it is argued that the development of the Slovak family in the last decade reflects both historical continuity and significant changes. The combination of traditional and post-modern attitudes also prevails in young families. This contribution expresses a hypothesis that the life of the Slovak family is situated between continuity and change and it will be necessary not only to identify and verify its aspects and attributes but also to evaluate them. The first signals of a new rise can be seen in marriages, now already free from patriarchal ballast and integrating not only love, life together and sex, but also mutual tolerance, friendship and mutual support which provide strength and rest from the everyday rush, rest from the dictates of competition and sometimes also economic partnership.