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Covenant Marriage in Louisiana

By Law Office of Wendra J. Moran  Mar. 14, 2013 10:48a

A covenant marriage is a distinct and additional form of marriage for a man and a woman in the state of Louisiana. This type of marriage requires certain steps to be taken and requires the execution and recording of special documents. Couples who wish to engage in a covenant marriage are required to undergo premarital counseling and must also seek counseling should they decide to file for divorce. They may enter into a covenant marriage by declaring their intent to do so when applying for a marriage license. Both the marriage license application and the intent to contract a covenant marriage are filed with their local official.

The requirements are as follows, per Louisiana's Covenant Marriage Act which describes such a marriage as a union between one man and one woman which is a relationship which lasts for a lifetime: both parties must sign a recitation of their intent for a covenant marriage, an affidavit from a religious official or professional marriage counselor that they have had marriage counseling, an attestation from this person that both parties understand the nature and purpose of a covenant marriage, and the signatures of both parties, notarized. Covenant marriages have special rules, such as owing one another love and respect, agreeing to mutually manage and care for the family, and to collaborate on family decisions. Specific grounds pertain to a divorce for couples who have entered into a covenant marriage.

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