Having now even more belatedly seen the LA statute, it is indeed FAR more restrictive than the AZ version and counseling IS required before divorce even in event of domestic abuse, abandonment, adultery, felony conviction by other spouse, etc. See http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=107343
By now, more than 4 years later, nw2 above could have married and divorced, covenant or otherwise, at least twice, so if you will kindly pardon me for only lately discovering the article, I would say read the current version of the covenant marriage statute in your state before making that article the basis of your decision. I believe, it is probably in Louisiana as it is in Arizona that domestic violence is one of several conditions that exempts one from an otherwise required 2 year separation or agreement of the other party before divorce may be granted from a covenant marriage. Arizona Statute 25-902 (4). Provides as one of the grounds for dissolution of a cov marriage (and only "one" of the list is required) that "The respondent spouse has physically or sexually abused the spouse seeking the dissolution of marriage, a child, a relative of either spouse permanently living in the matrimonial domicile or has committed domestic violence as defined in section 13-3601 or emotional abuse."
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