Covenant Marriage & Pre-nups
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I am curious as to what you all think of Covenant marriages and prenuptial agreements. "Covenant marriage," for those who live outside the U.S. or States that have it, is described as follows:


 
From family-law.freeadvice.com:
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What is a ‘covenant marriage’?

First adopted in Louisiana in 1997 as an effort to hold down divorce and protect children, cooing couples have the option to choose between a covenant marriage and a standard marriage before they say, "I do". A covenant marriage requires premarital counseling and marital counseling in order to later solve conflicts in the marriage, before dissolving it. Though no-fault divorces are not permitted, the couple can divorce after a two-year separation or if one spouse is guilty of adultery, the physical or sexual abuse of the other spouse or a child, abandoned the home, or was convicted of a felony. Couples who are already married can convert their marriage to a covenant marriage. Several other states have considered covenant marriages as an option to the more traditional, easy-to-get-out-of, contracts.
 
 
 
A little more info from [url=http://marriage.about.com/cs/covenantmarriage/a/covenant.htm]marriage.about.com
 -- a bit of a feminist view here, though:
 
Covenant Marriage: Pros and Cons
From Sheri & Bob Stritof
 


A new trend in marriage reform or a trap for women?
 
The bottom line of most covenant marriage laws is that a couple can't get a divorce easily. This means that when a couple gets their marriage license they must choose how they would end their marriage.
 
Stricter Criteria for a Divorce: If a couple chooses the covenant marriage option, then they must receive counseling before getting married and before getting a divorce. A no-fault divorce would not be an option. However, abuse, felony, adultery, abandonment, or long periods of separation are conditions accepted for a divorce.
 
Renewed Commitment: These laws are trying to put the brakes on quickie divorces by fostering a renewed commitment to having a long-term marriage.
 
History: Although, in 1997, Louisiana became the first state to pass a covenant marriage law, the idea has been around for quite a while.
 
It was debated in France in 1947. Since 1997, many other states have considered offering this option. As of 2004, there are only three states that have covenant marriage legislation: Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
 
Designed to Strengthen Families: This two-tiered system of marriage was designed to strengthen the family. Studies are showing that couples with troubled marriages who receive counseling are more likely to not get divorced. Other statistics are showing a plunge in divorce rates in communities that have required pre-marital education.
 
Arguments Against Covenant Marriage Vows: Some critics argue that these covenant laws are too religious in nature, and that they really won't be able to lower the current divorce rate. Additionally, if a couple changes their minds, they can file for divorce in another state whose laws do not recognize a covenant option. Others think the covenant marriage doesn't go far enough and have proposed stricter divorce laws.
 
Recognizing Consequences of Commitment: Many believe that just having to make this type of decision prior to their wedding may help couples see the consequences of their marriage commitment to one another.
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