Family law encompasses a broad range of legal topics involving marriage and children. Common family law subjects include divorce or annulment, child custody and visitation rights, child support payments, and spousal support/alimony. Family law specifically deals with children in regard to adoption, guardianship, state child protection, and domestic violence.
Both divorce and annulment are court procedures that dissolve a marriage. However, while a divorce simply ends the marriage, an annulment treats the marriage as though it never happened.
Child custody issues often arise when a couple goes through a divorce. If the couple can come to an agreement on child custody and visitation on their own, the court will usually honor this agreement.