Feature article covenant marriage: what is it and does it work kim leon, phd, former human development and family studies, college of human environmental sciences, university of missouri extension. Covenant marriage has only been adopted by three states (louisiana, arkansas, and arizona) louisiana was the first state to adopt covenant marriage in 1997, and fewer than 5% of marriages in louisiana are covenant marriages although there is no research on the effectiveness of covenant marriage laws, there is research on the effectiveness of marriage education/counseling, which is one of the major requirements of covenant marriages laws.
In a proposal aimed to reduce an extremely high divorce rate, an oklahoma state legislator has introduced a bill that would reward engaged couples who obtain more pre-marital counseling and would require pre-divorce counseling for troubled marriages it also creates “covenant marriages” with stricter standards for divorce. The problem with covenant marriages and fault-based divorce by mark baer on october 30, 2014, i was contacted by a reporter, who asked if i could explain the arkansas covenant marriage law to them.
Marriage is a vow to god, to each other, our families and our community to remain steadfast in unconditional love, reconciliation and sexual purity, while purposefully growing in our covenant marriage relationship. While the legislation for covenant marriage was originally to decrease divorce rates, the word covenant describes a contract made not only with man but with god from a biblical perspective, marriage is a union of man and woman before god (genesis 2:24 matthew 19:6. As divorce rates rose dramatically in the 1980s and 1990s, states began introducing legislation to allow another kind of marriage with the hope that covenant marriages would reduce the rate of divorce and preserve the nuclear family only three states have passed legislation offering the option of covenant marriage. Is covenant marriage the answer to a rising divorce rate by ellen rosner feig , december 2009 harken back to the days of your grandparentsthe days when soda cost a nickel, a double feature at the movies starred abbott and costello and marriage meant commitment.
Can “covenant” marriages and pre-marriage counseling help reduce divorce rate by so called “covenant” marriages have a longer shelf life than non convenant marriages, aka, the divorce rate is less among covenant marriages what is a covenant marriage well, the easiest way to answer that is to say that in states like arizona and.
Attempts to pass state legislation covenant marriage act : the divorce rate in arkansas is one of the highest in the us legislators were motivated to create provision for covenant marriages as an effort to reduce the rate of marriage failure.
On october 30, 2014, i was contacted by a reporter, who asked if i could explain the arkansas covenant marriage law to them among other things, if a couple chooses to enter into a covenant marriage, which limits the grounds available for divorce, they must first receive pre-marital counseling.