In Family and State: The Philosophy of Family Law, Professor Houlgate sets out to "introduc[e] ... a new subject area in philosophy that [I] call 'the philosophy of family law.'" He defines that area as "the discipline that is concerned to present general normative principles or criteria and to apply these to ethical questions about laws that affect or concern the family." He directs the book to legal scholars, social philosophers, philosophers of law, legislators, laymen, and students.
Schneider, Carl E. Review of Family and State: The Philosophy of Family Law, By Lawrence D. Houlgate. Family Law Quarterly 23, no. 3 (1989): 489-493.