Compliance with the conditions for the formation of the marriage or civil union

As the officiant, you are responsible for ensuring that certain legal formalities are complied with before, during and after the solemnization.

Conditions regarding the officiant

You must hold an authorization to solemnize marriages and civil unions. You are responsible for ensuring that the authorization is still in force on the day of the solemnization and at the intended location.

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Conditions regarding the intended spouses

You must ensure that the intended spouses meet the requirements provided for by law. For each of them, you must verify

  • their identity;
  • their age;
  • whether they are related;
  • their civil status.

We recommend that you schedule a meeting with the intended spouses to obtain that information.

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Reviewed: 2019-03-27

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