Civil Marriage & Civil Union
Civil wedding celebration by a notary
The celebration of a civil marriage, your civil wedding, is a ceremony held in a solemn place, where the wedding officiant, your marriage celebrant designated by law, receives the consent of the spouses and declares them married to each other.
In Quebec, you can celebrate your civil marriage or civil union in front of a wedding officiant authorized by the law, or to the Law Court, either in front of a notary wedding officiant in Montreal.
The prices ( fees and costs) for the celebration of a civil marriage or a civil union vary from a notary wedding officiant to another one. The fees of Mtre Leopold Lincà, notary and wedding officiant, for the preliminary consultation and the celebration of civil marriage vary according to the moment and the place which you will choose for the celebration of your civil marriage.
The experience, the expertise and the offered services are essential factors in the established price.
You can celebrate your civil marriage or civil union before a wedding officiant, a marriage celebrant recognized by law, or before a notary, who can also be a wedding officiant.
We offer our services at Montreal, Longueuil, Laval, South-Shore (Rive-Sud), North-Shore (Rive-Nord).
Civil wedding at the Courthouse – Montreal’s Palace of Justice ( Palais de Justice Montréal) or Civil marriage before the notary?
Why is it preferable to choose a notary?
The advantages are many: a notary offers you the freedom to celebrate your wedding at any date, while at the Courthouse, this celebration cannot be held on certain days of the year (on Sundays, on some public holidays, religious or civil holidays).
No doubt, you will benefit from a shorter waiting period than at the Courthouse, where it takes about 60 days. In our analysis, you can get married 20 days after the first meeting with your notary, following the publication at the Courthouse of your intention to marry.
The same situation arises when fixing the hour: while at the Courthouse the celebration takes place between 9 am and 16.30 pm, in a notary’s office, it can be held until 22 pm.
Another advantage in deciding in favour of an officiant notary is the place of celebration, that you can choose according to your taste and to your wishes.
The notary will come to your home, to a restaurant, or to any other place that respects the solemn and public nature of the ceremony.
In addition, Maître Leopold Lincà places at your disposal a celebration hall, in case you would wish to no longer worry about where the ceremony will take place.
Finally, the notary is the only officiant capable of explaining the possible matrimonial regimes and of drawing up for you a marriage or civil union contracts, if you wish.
Maître Leopold Lincà, notary authorized as a wedding officiant, will provide you with personalized legal advice and will assist you in learning about the legal aspects and the consequences of marriage. He will take care of the drafting of your marriage contract (if required) and of its registration in the Register of personal and movable real rights.
Civil marriage or Civil union?
As with the civil wedding ceremony, the civil union celebration takes place in a solemn place, where the officiant notary, as a public officer, receives the mutual consent of the spouses and declares them united to each other.
The rights and the obligations of a civil union are governed by the same provisions as those applicable to marriage. The celebration of a civil union meets the same requirements applicable to marriage (the display of the publication act 20 days before the union celebration date, ceremony conducted by an officer of the law, etc.) and entitles to one of the three possible matrimonial regimes.
The differences between marriage and civil union lie in the age of the spouses (18 and over for civil unions, 16 and over for the wedding, with legal guardian consent) and in the conditions for the dissolution of the civil union.
A civil union is dissolved by the couple’s marriage, by the death of one of the partners, by a court judgment, or by a joint declaration of the spouses given before a notary.
Therefore, the civil union entails the advantage of giving the couple the same rights as a marriage and of allowing a less costly dissolution, with the assistance of a notary.
Marriage or civil union between same-sex partners
Following the June 2002 amendments to the Civil Code of Québec, homosexual couples (gay and lesbian community LGBT) may, also, opt for civil marriage or civil union.
The celebration of a marriage or civil union between same-sex partners can take place before the notary, who will establish the necessary procedures for the marriage to be legally valid.
The notary will draft, at the spouses’ choice, a marriage contract or a civil union one.
Enjoy your wedding day in Montreal on the shores of a lake, at the restaurant among friends, in a luxurious place, or simply in our office’s ceremonial hall. We will assist you so that you have a personalized as well as a solemn ceremony. Our mission is to offer you clear legal advice in understandable terms and professional legal services.