Cases and Resources
Chapter 30: Law and
the American Family
Birth to Death
What Is a Family?
From Birth to Death
in Family Law
Start learning about family law by browsing through law topics
related to the family. What types of law have influenced your
Family and Medical Leave Act
Read the text of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
This law gives family members time off from work to care for
people in their family.
and Estate Planning
Visit this site to learn more about wills and estates and
the distribution of property after a person dies. This is
a complicated area of law, but this site gives an overview
of the basics and answers questions about property and death.
Is a Family?
Definition of a Family
Read this dictionary definition of a family. Is this how you
think of a family?
a Family Without Words
Some people have difficulty finding the right words to define
a family. Explore this collection of pictures that have been
posted in an effort to illustrate what a family looks like.
What do these pictures share in common? How are the pictures
Families face many challenging and exciting events together.
Learn more about the issues that affect families by visiting
the United States Department of Health and Human Services
Web site on families and children.
Definition of a Family and Property Distribution
The definition of who exactly is a family plays a large role
in determining who will receive property from a person who
dies. Read this case about a gay couple who struggle with
the definition of a family.
Census Bureau: Family and Living Arrangements
Explore the reports and statistics gathered by the 2002 U.S.
Census on families and the people that live together. What
surprises you about these reports?
Read a summary of Loving v. Virginia, where the Supreme Court found that laws
which prohibit interracial marriage are unconstitutional. From
this site, you can also link to the full text of the opinion
or listen to the oral arguments.
The Human Rights Campaign is an organization working for federal and state recognition of same-sex relationships. Explore their website to learn about the benefits and protections of marriage, the difference between types of legally recognized unions, and the most recent developments in laws regarding same-sex marriage.