LITTLE ROCK (AP) - More Arkansans are entering into covenant marriages, which are legally harder to break than normal marriages.
In 2001, legislators passed a law that made entering into a covenant marriage an option for couples. Couples can end a covenant marriage only after counseling and only on certain grounds - adultery, criminal activity, physical or sexual abuse or a two-year separation. By the end of October last year, a total of 1,123 Arkansans had begun new covenant marriages or converted existing marriages into covenant marriages. That number is much higher than the combined number of covenant marriages from 2002 through 2004.