Virtually everyone agrees that the family is a vital institution. Because of the perceived importance of the family to the state, our society always has tried to regulate both the form and functions of families. Laws prescribe who may form a family, the rights and obligations of family members towards each other, and the substantive and procedural rules for dissolving families.
Michael S. Wald,
U. Mich. J. L. Reform
Available at: https://repository.law.umich.edu/mjlr/vol18/iss4/2