covenant marriage

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A type of marriage available only in Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana, in which the spouses promise that they'll participate in marriage counseling before filing for divorce and agree to a longer waiting period before the divorce can be final. The filing spouse also must allege fault grounds for the divorce. (See: fault divorce, no-fault divorce)

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