A covenant marriage is a step above a standard marriage in Louisiana. Spouses agree that they will remain married forever, and sign documents with that declaration. Approximately 1% of Louisiana marriages are covenant marriages.
In order to enter into a covenant marriage, the couple must sign a Declaration of Intent that provides:
- A marriage agreement to live together as husband and wife forever;
- The parties have chosen each other carefully and disclosed to each other "everything which could adversely affect" the decision to marry;
- The parties have received premarital counseling;
- A committment that if the parties experience marital difficulties they agree to make all reasonable efforts to preserve their marriage, including marital counseling; and
- The couple also must obtain premarital counseling from a priest, minister, rabbi or similar clergyman of any religious sect, or from a professional marriage counselor.
After discussing the meaning of a covenant marriage with the counselor, the couple also must sign the Affidavit and Attestation form. This form is comprised of an attestation by the counselor with a notarized affidavit confirming their discussion.