Family law is a rather broad practice area, encompassing marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, paternity, and other matters related to the family structure. Family laws also address controversial issues such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage, in addition to criminal matters like domestic violence and child abuse. Pennsylvania family laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. For instance, certain marriages are prohibited such as same-sex unions and certain familial relationships. Click on a link below to learn more about the laws, policies, and where to go for more information.