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Covenant Marriage = a “Serious Marriage”

August 11, 2010 1 comment
“I do”…till it gets tough or bored to death do us part.  If you think that the institution of marriages aren’t taken too seriously anymore, your not the only one.  In a way, it seems like people get married and mistake it for a “long” (3ish year commitment) to date each other.  According to divorcerate.com, the numbers for divorce in the United States look something like this.

 

• The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41%
• The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60%
• The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73%

 

In Arkansas 5 years ago, the idea of Covenant Marriage was introduced as well as in a couple of other states including Kansas.   A Covenant marriage is more “strict” union between two requiring a pre-marriage counseling in order to receive a marriage license.  The grounds for a divorce are also more stringent in this form of a marriage in that both have to agree to seek counseling before a divorce is actually issued.  Who knows, an Arkansas attorney could make a career out of this.   Along with that, a divorce can only be fulfilled if:

 

• The other spouse committed adultery
• The other spouse has committed a felony and has been sentenced to death or imprisonment
• The other spouse has physically or sexually abused the spouse seeking the divorce or a child of one of the spouses

 

Although the law is a bit more complicated than what is mentioned here- basically it intends to make a marriage… are you ready… a real LIFETIME COMMITMENT.  Who would have ever thought thats what it was all about!
But is covenant marriage having the success it intended?  In Kansas, the organization called Kansas NOW (National Organization for Women) testified against the amendment on March 17, 2010 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  You can read the full testimony of Kansas NOW here.

 

Not a single supporter stood up for Covenant Marriages and it only had the support of two Senators.  Thus, the amendment was removed from the bill.