Family Law’s primary focus is the establishment and dissolution of legally binding “domestic” relationships. Historically, the paradigm relationship between adults has been marriage. We will study marriage and its dissolution extensively not only to understand the rights and responsibilities arising from marriage, but also to examine the social policy inherent in limiting certain rights and responsibilities only to the marital relationship. The parent-child relationship is also an important social relationship. We study establishing parentage (paternity), child custody, child support, and termination of parental rights and adoption to examine private disputes over children as well as the state’s right to interdict or reassign the parent-child relationship.