HB 2793 Covenant marriage.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)
Covenant marriage. Authorizes a form of marriage in which the parties must, before marrying, obtain premarital counseling and recite and sign a declaration of intent acknowledging that marriage is a lifelong relationship and pledging to obtain marital counseling should difficulties arise. Furthermore, in a covenant marriage, the time of separation necessary for parties to obtain a no-fault divorce is extended to 2 years for parents with minor children and extended to 1 year and 6 months for parties with no minor children. All other divorce grounds remain the same. Persons who are already married may redesignate their marriage as a covenant marriage after they obtain marital counseling and execute a declaration of intent.

Full text:
01/17/03  House: Presented & ordered printed 030630836  pdf
02/03/03  House: Printed as engrossed 030630836-E  pdf | impact statement

House amendments

01/17/03  House: Presented & ordered printed 030630836
01/17/03  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/03  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 2
01/31/03  House: Reported from C. J. with amendments (16-Y 5-N)
02/01/03  House: Read first time
02/03/03  House: Read second time
02/03/03  House: Committee amendments agreed to
02/03/03  House: Amendments by Del. Janis agreed to
02/03/03  House: Amendment by Del. McDonnell agreed to
02/03/03  House: Engrossed by House as amended
02/03/03  House: Printed as engrossed 030630836-E
02/04/03  House: Read third time and passed House (62-Y 36-N)
02/04/03  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (62-Y 36-N)
02/04/03  House: Communicated to Senate
02/05/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/03  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/03  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in C. J. (4-Y 9-N 2-A)