Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court
COVENANT MARRIAGE ACT
Contracting a Covenant Marriage
The couple who chooses to enter into a Covenant Marriage agrees to be bound by two serious limitations on obtaining a divorce or separation. These limitations do not apply to other couples married in Louisiana:
DECLARATION OF INTENT
In order to enter into a Covenant Marriage, the couple must sign a recitation that provides:
After discussing the meaning of a Covenant Marriage with the counselor, the couple must also sign, together with an attestation by the counselor, a notarized affidavit to the effect that the counselor has discussed with them:
The two documents which comprise the Declaration of Intent - the recitation and the affidavit with attestation - must be presented to the official who issues the marriage license with the couple's application for a marriage license.
LEGAL SEPARATION IN A COVENANT MARRIAGE
In order to obtain a legal separation (which is not a divorce and therefore does not end the marriage), a spouse in a Covenant Marriage must first obtain counseling and then must prove:
DIVORCE IN A COVENANT MARRIAGE
A marriage that is not a Covenant Marriage may be ended by divorce more easily that a Covenant Marriage . In a marriage that is not a Covenant Marriage, a spouse may get a divorce for adultery by the other spouse, conviction of a felony by the other spouse and his imprisonment at hard labor or death, or by proof that the spouses have lived separate and apart for six months before or after filing for divorce. In a Covenant Marriage a spouse may get a divorce only after receiving counseling and may only get a divorce for the following reason:
A NOTE TO PRESENTLY MARRIED COUPLES
Couples who are already married may execute a declaration of intent to designate their marriage a Covenant Marriage. They must sign a recitation and affidavit similar to those described in this pamphlet, after receiving counseling. The counselor must attest to the counseling. This intent to designate their marriage a Covenant Marriage must be filed with the official who issued their marriage license and with whom the marriage certificate of the couple is filed. If the couple was married outside of Louisiana, a copy of their marriage certificate, with the declaration of intent, shall be filed with the officer who issues marriage licenses in the parish of the couple's domicile. A fee of $25.00 is charged for couples already married who want to enter into a covenant marriage.
For further information about Marriage Licenses call (985) 748-4146.