Compliance with the conditions during the solemnization of the marriage or civil union

The solemnization of a marriage or civil union can be adapted according to the tastes and values of the intended spouses. The law nevertheless provides for certain formalities in this regard, which must be complied with.

The Minister of Justice has also drafted a regulation respecting the solemnization of marriages and civil unions. As the officiant, you play an important role with respect to compliance with these legal requirements. If they are not met, it could have serious consequences regarding the validity of the marriage or civil union and also incur your civil liability.

If the officiant fails to comply with the rules governing the solemnization of a marriage or civil union, measures such as the suspension or revocation of the officiant’s authorization to solemnize marriages or civil unions may be taken.

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