CBC Wedding Policies & Information

CBC Wedding Policies & Information


The Bible says that God performed the very first marriage on the sixth day of Creation week. “God created man in His own image...male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth’ ” (Genesis 1:27, 28, NKJV).

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Are You Ready for Marriage?

Reference: family.findlaw.com

Despite myths of "happily-ever-after" or "love conquers all," problems in the marital relationship may surface within a short time after the wedding.

The success or failure of a marriage relationship may hinge on how well the couple deals with issues such as financial assets, communication, conflict, parenting, in-laws, leisure time, sexuality, family of origin, spirituality, expectations, and chores. Most couples don't talk about these issues before they get married, and are surprised one or two years down the road when conflict seems more prevalent than romance. The question to ask yourself is, "are you ready for marriage?"

While a family law attorney can help you create a premarital agreement to avoid conflict about financial issues, it is helpful for couples to ask themselves many other questions. Take some time to review this lengthy list with your future spouse. You may be surprised how open communication about these subjects will improve your relationship.

Motivation

  • Why are you getting married?

Many couples get married due to pregnancy, loneliness, or other reasons. If you are clear about your motivation, it is less likely you will have unrealistic expectations.

Finances

  • What are your expectations regarding finances?
  • Do you intend to share everything 50/50?
  • Does one partner earn significantly more than the other or have substantially greater assets?

It's important to know each other's expectations about finances. Talking through and memorializing how you expect to divide your assets in the unfortunate event of divorce reduces the likelihood of conflict even if you don't end up separating. Remember, each state views marital and separate property differently. All states view property acquired before the marriage, property received as a gift, and property inherited during the marriage as separate property -- it is not shared by the marriage. States are divided about how to treat marital property -- the property that is acquired or earned during the marriage. Community property states divide marital property equally, while the other states use equitable distribution and divide the property "fairly," which could be 50/50 or some other proportion.

Money Management

  • Do you intend on living within a budget? Who will manage the budget?
  • Who will pay bills? Which bills?
  • Will you have a joint checking account?
  • Will major assets be held jointly?
  • What are your long-term financial goals? How will you achieve them?

Daily Life

  • How will you divide the household chores?
  • How will you make decisions if you disagree?
  • What if one partner does not fulfill their end of an agreement?
  • Are you willing to work through conflict? Have you been successful in the past?

Children & Parenting

  • Do you want to have children? How many?
  • If necessary, will you adopt? Will you adopt a foreign-born child?
  • How will you raise your children? Will one parent stay home? Which parent?
  • Will your children attend public or private school? If the marriage is not successful, who will pay child support and who will pay college expenses?

Personal Philosophy

  • Does religion play an important part in your life?
  • Do you think faith and spirituality are important in a marriage?
  • Are you comfortable discussing your sexual likes and dislikes?
  • Do you mind if your spouse spends a lot of time alone or pursuing leisure activities without you?
  • How will you make sure you have quality time together as a couple?

Vist www.marriagerevolution.org for more resources.

How to obtain a Marriage License in Arkansas

  • Eligible couples who wish to get married in Arkansas will have to appear in person at their local county clerk's office, with a valid ID (drivers license, state-issued ID, passport, military ID, Indian card, or original birth certificate). The cost for a marriage license is $60.00 (cash or credit accepted). Additionally, couples may choose to apply for a covenant marriage license, in which the couple agrees to obtain pre-marital counseling and limited grounds for a future divorce.

 

Covenant Marriage Act

 

Request A CBC Facility

 

Wedding Registration Agreement

 

Any non-member requests for facility use must be approved by CBC Deacons and the Pastor.

All Wedding Facility requests must be approved by CBC Deacons and Pastor.  Please visit our Church Office and complete the required forms at least 90 days prior to your wedding date to allow ample time to review your request.

For any additional questions please contact our Church Office at 870-367-9833