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Arkansas Code Annotated 9-11-805

Form of affidavit.

The following is the suggested form of the affidavit that may be used by the parties, notary, and counselor: “STATE OF ARKANSAS COUNTY OF BE IT KNOWN THAT on this.......... day of .............., ......, before me the undersigned notary, personally came and appeared: .............. and .............. who after being duly sworn by me, a notary, deposed and stated that: Affiants acknowledge that they have received premarital counseling from a priest, minister, rabbi, clerk of the Religious Society of Friends, any clergyman of any religious sect, or a professional marriage counselor, which marriage counseling included: A discussion of the seriousness of covenant marriage; Communication of the fact that a covenant marriage is a commitment for life; The obligation of a covenant marriage to take reasonable efforts to preserve the marriage if marital difficulties arise; and That affiants both read the pamphlet entitled “Covenant Marriage Act” developed and promulgated by the Administrative Office of the Courts, which provides a full explanation of a covenant marriage, including the obligation to seek marital counseling in times of marital difficulties and the exclusive grounds for legally terminating a covenant marriage by divorce or divorce after a judgment of separation from bed or board. .............. (Name of prospective spouse) .............. (Name of prospective spouse) .............. SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS DAY OF .............., ...... .............. .............. NOTARY PUBLIC ATTESTATION The undersigned attests that the affiants did receive counseling from me as to the nature and purpose of marriage, which included a discussion of the seriousness of covenant marriage, communication of the fact that a covenant marriage is for life, and the obligation of a covenant marriage to take reasonable efforts to preserve the marriage if marital difficulties arise. .............. Counselor”.

(Acts 2001, No. 1486, § 5.)


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