Family Law – Divorce, Annulment and Child Support

A broad and varied topic is the subject of family law. It addresses a broad variety of concerns and subjects, primarily related to the subject of marriage and the rights of married children. Divorce, annulment and child custody are some of the topics that pertain to family law. Have a look at Jensen Family Law – Mesa for more info on this.

About Divorce

Usually, the legal definition of divorce is worded in different ways, but it is generally designated as a court judge’s decree or order specifying that a marriage is ended and dissolved (from that day forward).

What we consider divorce and how we deal with it is different from how many years ago it was done. The topics of marriage and divorce (or marriage dissolution) were considered by ancient cultures to be privacy issues and while some religions have often had views on divorce governments, they were not typically involved.

The topic of divorce and family law has evolved on a regional basis since the time the United States declared its independence, obviously because there were a lot of different views during the early years on how the country should be operated and the subject of family law was included in that development. The U.S. Constitution established that divorce should be governed by the states individually. It was widely agreed for several years that divorce would be granted only if one partner provided proof on the part of the other spouse of blame or violation of the marriage contract.

Every state in the U.S. has now recognized what is called a “no fault divorce.” A divorce with no fault means that the person in the union who is applying for divorce does not have to give legal evidence that their partner has done anything substantive to breach or violate the marriage contract.


A legal decision (by a court judge) that a marriage is null and void is an annulment in its most basic sense, generally because the marriage was created and took place under disputable circumstances. In the U.S., since individual states have different family law laws, the rules that allow a marriage to be considered for annulment vary from one state to the other.

Most of the time, when a marriage includes parties under legal age, a marriage is annulled; and an act of coercion (one party pretending to be coerced into marriage); one party intentionally concealing its past life history to the other party, or any number of other reasons. The distinction between divorce and annulment is that a divorce decrees that a marriage no longer exists.