Recent decisions in family law cases suggest that some courts are ready to broaden the judicial definition of "family," and to create or accept a definition that extends the traditional notion of what constitutes a "family." This provides sociologists with an opportunity to work within or coordinate with the legal system in redefining "family" to provide a more inclusive concept which courts could then apply.
Thoresen, Jean H.
"Socio-Legal Defenitions of Family,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol9/iss1/9