Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Chapter 30: Law and the American Family

Cases and Resources

Law From Birth to Death
What Is a Family?

Law From Birth to Death
Topics 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?

The 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.

Wills 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.

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What Is a Family?
The Definition of a Family
Read this dictionary definition of a family. Is this how you think of a family?

Families and Children
Families face many challenging and exciting events together. Learn more about the issues that affect families by visiting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site on families and children.

U.S. Census Bureau: Family and Living Arrangements
Explore the reports and statistics compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau on families and the people that live together. What surprises you about these reports?

Loving v. Virginia
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.


Same-Sex Marriage : Pro and Con
Explore a Web site explaining the arguments in favor of and opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage. What are the best arguments from each side?

American Opinion Polls
This news story examines the opinions of Americans regarding same-sex marriages.


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