The Covenant Marriage Ceremony is a lot like a Vow Renewal ceremony in that it is all “in the eyes of God” rather than in the eyes of the state. With recent changes in state marriage laws I am now happy to offer a Covenant Marriage Ceremony for Christian brides and grooms who meet the requirements as listed below.
The Covenant Marriage Ceremony is a “church” ceremony not a “civil” ceremony, it is a ceremony of religious marriage commitment not a ceremony of government marriage recognition.
The Covenant Marriage Ceremony is not recognized for legal marriage rights in federal government matters, (like court divorce process or other legal aspects), but with an Alabama notary affidavit marriage form or a Power of Attorney assignment or a Medical Power of Attorney (sometimes called a Living Will), a couple can cover their collective assets and arrangements similarly. Of course, please seek legal advice on handling your affairs, because I am not a lawyer and am just sharing my personal perspective.
The Covenant Marriage Ceremony can be handled by the couple in a similar manner in which “Common Law” married couples were required to — they were “required to present themselves as married.” Most states have eliminated common law marriages since the advent of the internet and ease of access to state county courthouses.
Usually, the official state certificate of marriage is only used at time of death if insurance policies or if power of attorney forms have not been taken care of in advance.
If you visit the Married in Alabama page you will see that I will provide a Covenant of Marriage certificate, should you want some type of proof of marriage.