2001 La. Law on informing couples about divorce law and covenant marriage

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2001 Louisiana House Bill No. 234



VERSION: Enacted
June 22, 2001

To amend and reenact R.S. 9:237, relative to matrimonial regime laws;
to provide for the license-issuing officer to deliver to each
prospective spouse a summary of the covenant marriage law; and to
provide for related matters.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:

Section 1. R.S. 9:237 is hereby amended and reenacted to read as follows:

Section 237. Information on matrimonial regime and covenant marriage
laws; printed summary

A. On receiving an application for a license to marry, the license-issuing
officer shall deliver to each prospective spouse, either in person or by
registered mail, a printed summary of (1) the then current matrimonial
regime laws of this state and (2) the covenant marriage law of this state.
These summaries shall be prepared by the attorney general of this state .

B. The summary of matrimonial regime law shall emphasize
the possibility of contracting expressly a regime of one's choosing before
marriage, that spouses who have not entered into a matrimonial agreement
before marriage become subject to the legal regime by operation of law, and
the possibility of contracting after marriage to modify the matrimonial

C. The summary of covenant marriage law shall emphasize that
premarital counseling is mandatory at which time the necessary documents
consisting of the declaration of intent and the affidavit and attestation of
the counselor shall be executed, that the couple agrees to take all reasonable
steps to preserve their marriage if marital difficulties arise, including
marriage counseling, that divorce in a covenant marriage is restricted to
fault by a spouse and living separate and apart for two years as provided in
R.S. 9:307, and that divorce under the general marriage law of this state
differs significantly.

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