covenant marriage


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covenant marriage

n.
A marriage in which the couple agrees to certain requirements, especially in seeking counseling before separation and in restricting the permissible grounds for divorce.
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Baker, Sanchez, Nock, and Wright (2009) found that for couples who chose the legal option of "covenant marriage," the covenant played a role of shared external purpose.
A service of worship celebrating the covenant marriage of Miss Stephanie Michele Hampton and Dr.
The headline battles today are over what forms of marriage should be recognized by the state--sometimes over the objection of religious groups, and sometimes at their insistence: straight versus gay marriage, contract versus covenant marriage, monogamous versus polygamous marriage, and more.
(123) Similarly, the return to offering covenant marriage options in some states, (124) despite being an attempt to return marriage to a privileged status, (125) has been described as a "milestone" in the "evolution of marriage from a relationship based on status to one that is regulated by contractual norms." (126) Allowing the parties entering into a marriage to jointly determine the standards by which they can divorce preserves their right to contract, while at the same time allowing them to "voluntarily undertake a greater marital commitment" than no-fault divorce requires.
Our review also included an examination of covenant marriage studies (Sanchez, Nock, Wilson, & Wright, 2006).
Even with this choice (which already exists in employment law and in family law, to some extent, with the growth of covenant marriage), the default package will matter because many parties won't bother to opt out.
The value of witness--of the Gospel, of the covenant marriage of married couples, and of the community of the parish, was removed from our basic experience.
During this time, local and federal governments experimented with religiously conceived covenant marriage and premarital counseling (both of them correctly described as failures), as well as welfare reform and the George W.
The obligations and rights of a wife and mother in a Louisiana covenant marriage coincide with the description in Pope John Paul II's apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem of a woman's avocation of motherhood in marriage.
As a legislator, he pursued at least 10 of them, including school voucher subsidies, abortion restrictions and covenant marriage.
While some states have created a separate "civil union" status, others have expanded the traditional definition of marriage or explored the idea of "covenant marriage." For example, the Vermont legislature created the status of "civil union" that confers the same benefits enjoyed by married couples on same-sex couples who choose it.
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