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What are the rules governing a civil marriage or civil union ceremony?

During the civil marriage or civil union ceremony, the officiant reads certain sections from the Civil Code of Québec to the intended spouses in the presence of two witnesses. These sections deal with the effects of marriage: the duties of respect, fidelity, succour and assistance; the obligation to live together and to undertake mutual responsibility for the moral and material life of the family; the costs of marriage, etc.

After reading the spouses’ rights and responsibilities, the officiant obtains their consent and declares them married. The spouses sign a declaration of marriage or civil union, which the witnesses countersign, and finally the notary signs. This declaration is then sent to the Registrar of Civil Status and will constitute the proof of marriage or civil union.

Review with your notary the desired protocol and details of the ceremony: exchange of rings, readings, music, etc. Your notary will always listen and may even make useful suggestions.