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Editor: Margaret Ryznare
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Louisiana Legislators Move to Clarify Covenant Marriage Law

A committee in the Louisiana Legislature sought to clarify the definition of covenant marriage to ensure it is not understood as allowing divorce by mutual consent. According to press reports, the supporters of the legislation want to be certain that someone who reads “Westlaw won’t get the idea you can dissolve a convenant marriage” by mutual agreement.  LSU Law School professor Katherine Spaht said a West Formulary, which is used by some as a guide to state laws, contains a "legal commentary" that should not be used as a way to dissolve a covenant message.” She said that divorce by "mutual consent of the parties has never been the law, never been the intent of the law." Source. Mike Hasten, The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, Louisiana, the For the complete story, please click here (last visited April 26, 2006, reo).

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