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What are the arguments for covenant marriage?
The primary argument for covenant marriage is that it may lower the divorce rate and result in stronger, happier marriages. Couples may be better prepared for marriage by being required to participate in premarital counseling. Proponents of covenant marriage also argue that the requirements of a long waiting period and marital counseling in order to get a divorce may increase couples' chances of working out their problems and staying married. A study of married individuals found that 60% of those who were "very unhappy" in the late 1980's, but did not divorce, reported 5 years later that their marriage was "quite happy" or "very happy." Finally, supporters of covenant marriage argue that the symbolism of a "covenant" and the requirements will cause couples to take marriage more seriously and be more committed to making their marriage last.
Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, August 20, 2008