1998 Alabama Covenant Marriage bills


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SB606 COVENANT MARRIAGE
By Senators Bailey, Adams, and Windom
RFD Judiciary
Rd 1 11-MAR-1998

SYNOPSIS:Under existing law, all marriages in Alabama may be dissolved
unilaterally by either party on the grounds of incompatibility of
temperament or irretrievable breakdown and the fact that one party is
willing or desirous of continuing the marriage does not prevent the
granting of a divorce on these grounds. This bill would allow couples
who desire stronger legal protections of the marriage bond to enter into
a covenant marriage agreement which would eliminate the traditional
no-fault grounds for divorce. A license for a covenant marriage would
require a signed covenant marriage agreement and proof of pre-marital
counseling. This bill would provide for marriages existing at the time
this bill becomes effective to be declared covenant marriages at the
request of the married couple. This bill would outline the causes upon
which a covenant marriage may be legally terminated and would establish
requirements relating to covenant marriage. This bill would require the
Office of the Attorney General to promulgate an informational pamphlet
describing the requirements of a covenant marriage and would require
that certain forms be used for marriage license applications, marriage
licenses, and marriage certificates.

HB30 COVENANT MARRIAGE
By Representative Guin
RFD Judiciary
Rd 1 13-JAN-1998

SYNOPSIS:Under existing law, there is only one type of marriage and the
only requirement for obtaining a marriage license is proof of age. This
bill would create a second type of marriage, called a covenant marriage.
A license for a covenant marriage would require a declaration of intent
and proof of pre-marital counseling. This bill would provide for
marriages existing at the time this bill becomes effective to be
declared covenant marriages at the request of the married couple. This
bill would outline the causes upon which a covenant marriage may be
legally terminated. This bill would require the Office of the Attorney
General to promulgate an informational pamphlet describing the
requirements of a covenant marriage.

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