Ambilocal residence (or ambilocality), also called bilocal residence (bilocality) is the societal postmarital residence in which couples, upon marriage, choose to live with or near either spouse's parents.[1] This is contrasted with matrilocality and patrilocality, where the newlyweds are expected to live with either the wife's parents or the husband's parents respectively, as well as neolocality, where the couple lives away from both sets of parents.


  1. ^ Ember, Carol R., and Melvin Ember. Cultural Anthropology (9th ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999, p. 355.