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Covenant Marriage Statistics


It appears that covenant marriage legislation is not popular with newlyweds and may not be the highly hoped for answer to high divorce rates.


The first year that the law was in effect, only 1% of Louisiana newlyweds chose the covenant vows. As of 2010, the percentage is still around 1%.
David White: "Of the 373,068 marriages performed in Louisiana in 2000 through 2010, statistics from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals show that 3,964, about 1 percent, were covenant marriages and the rest were "traditional" marriages."
Source: David White. "Divorce option may be harder to reach under covenant bill in Alabama Legislature." Blog.al.com. 3/19/2012.


According to Scott D. Drewianka of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, only one-fourth of one percent of couples getting married in Arizona select the covenant marriage option.


Although Arkansas has one of the nation's highest divorce rate at 6.5 per 1,000 population, the number of Arkansas couples signing up for a covenant marriage is very small. The national average for divorce in the U.S. is 4.2 per 1,000 population.

According to William Bailey, Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas, there has been a decline in the number of new marriages choosing covenant marriage licenses. In the time frame from 2001 - 2004, only 400 couples opted for covenant marriage licenses. In 2002, the Dept. of Health, Vital Statistics reported 37,942 marriage licenses issued in Arkansas. Only sixty-seven (67) couples signed up for the covenant marriage option. Twenty-four (24) who were already married converted to covenant marriages.

As of May 20, 2003, out of 11,037 marriage licenses issued in Arkansas, there were only four (4) new covenant marriages, and five (5) conversions.

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