Law Office of Kevin Jensen - May 2019

A Brief History of Some Weird Divorce Laws Divorcing Through the Decades

wouldn’t change until the 1970s, when many states adopted no-fault divorce laws. In some parts of Europe, couples actually still can’t divorce without a reason, but in the U.S., the only grounds you need to divorce are because you no longer want to be married to a person — not because the King of England demands it.

No matter the decade, divorce is never easy. Still, divorce has come a long way since it began in the early 1500s, and thankfully, some of those early laws no longer exist. Learn more about what getting a divorce used to entail below.

Poor Catherine

The history of divorce can be traced all the way back to the early 1500s, when King Henry VIII petitioned the Catholic church for a divorce from his wife, Catherine of Aragon, after she failed to give him a son. When the Catholic church declined, Henry broke off England’s ties to the church and began the Church of England to grant himself the divorce. (Fun fact: After the king was granted a divorce by his new denomination, the Church of England actually came out against divorce.) Dissolutions of marriages wouldn’t become a common practice for a few centuries, when Protestants became more open to divorce under certain circumstances. By the time the United States’ colonies were founded, divorces in the colonies were accepted in cases of adultery, desertion, bigamy, and impotence. This idea

Come One, Come All to the Divorce Mill!

By the 18th century, divorce was turned into a tourist attraction in states like Indiana and South Dakota. Whole towns would accommodate couples coming into “divorce mill” states to dissolve a marriage, and this ultimately turned these towns into destination spots for divorce. The fear and negative connotations about divorce grew because of these mill towns, and in 1887, Congress started tracking divorce statistics. Nowadays, divorce doesn’t mean a trip with the whole family, as it’s legal in every state in the nation. Divorce has come a long way, and though it’s still a difficult process, it can be a healthy, worthwhile decision. Learn more about how the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen can help you with your proceedings by calling 408.632.7373 or visiting

Inspired by Saveur Magazine

Shrimp Sausage Skewers

These shrimp skewers are a quick way to add some surf and turf to your cookout. Pair them with a vinaigrette salad for a side dish that complements without overwhelming the main event.


• 1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined • 1/2 pound cooked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces • 2 tablespoons paprika • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne or chili powder creole seasoning ingredients

• 2 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

• 1/4 tablespoon dried oregano • 1/4 tablespoon dried thyme

directions 1. Heat your grill to medium-high. 2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients for creole seasoning. 3. In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, zucchini pieces, and sausage pieces, and cover them with the olive oil. 4. Add creole seasoning and mix well until all ingredients are covered. 5. Load up skewers with alternating pieces of shrimp, sausage, and zucchini until they’re full. 6. Grill skewers until shrimp are well-cooked (6–8 minutes).



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