WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR A CIVIL MARRIAGE IN QUEBEC?
YOUR CIVIL WEDDING IN QUEBEC IN 7 EASY STEPS TO GET MARRIAGE IN QUEBEC
STEP 1 – CHOOSE YOUR CIVIL MARRIAGE OFFICIANT – WHO WILL PERFORM YOUR UNION. AS WELL AS THE DATE AND LOCATION OF THE WEDDING CEREMONY
Location of your civil wedding
The steps involved in organizing a civil wedding in Quebec are crucial and the first step is to determine the location of your wedding. The location is intimately linked to the choice of the officiant since some officiants can only officiate in certain places. The location chosen by the coup
le must respect the solemnity and decorum of a wedding ceremony and be appropriately arranged. The officiant must also be qualified and authorized to perform your wedding ceremony in that location.
You are free to choose with your spouse where your wedding will be celebrated.
Choose your wedding officiant
In Quebec, for your marriage to be valid, it must take place before a legally recognized officiant authorized to perform marriages. This requirement applies to all marriages, whether they are civil or religious. If not, your marriage will not be recognized by law.
To be sure, you can consult the register of officiants of the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec.
The fees and prices of an officiant notary
The fees and rates of the notary performing a civil marriage in Quebec, in Montreal generally vary from $300 to $900 depending on his experience and the time of the civil marriage. In addition, there is the cost of the marriage contract, which is necessary if you choose a matrimonial regime other than partnership of acquests (the default regime in Quebec since 1970).
STEP 2 – INITIAL INTERVIEW – INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
To get married, you must provide various information and documents during your initial interview with your officiant. This will allow the officiant to ensure that the required prerequisites are met and that you can legally get married. Consult us for a list of documents to be provided according to your marital status.
Step 3 – CHOOSE A MATRIMONIAL REGIME – IF NECESSARY, DRAW UP A MARRIAGE contract
A marriage contract is a written legal document in which you and your spouse have taken various decisions.
Your notary is the best person to provide you with information and advice on matrimonial property regimes and marriage contracts.
What’s more, the marriage contract must be notarized. This means that you and your spouse must sign it before a notary.
STEP 4 – PUBLISHING THE NOTICE OF MARRIAGE
The officiant will then proceed with the publication of the notice of marriage with the Directeur de l’état civil. This notice must be made public for a minimum of 21 days prior to the date of the marriage and is valid for a period of 3 months from the date of its publication.
STEP 5 – THE CELEBRATION OF THE MARRIAGE AND THE DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE
The officiant can now proceed with the celebration of the marriage and complete the declaration of marriage that the spouses and their witnesses must sign.
STEP 6 – SEND GOVERNMENT FORMS
Following the celebration of the civil marriage, the officiant must send the government forms without delay to the Directeur de l’état civil and to the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
STEP 7 – REQUEST A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
Once your marriage is registered in the Quebec Registry of Marriages, you will be notified by letter, and you can then request your marriage certificate or marriage record. Or have your notary assist you in doing so.
WANT TO KNOW MORE? CONSULT US OR DOWNLOAD THE complete GUIDE TO CIVIL MARRIAGE IN QUEBEC, YOUR CIVIL MARRIAGE IN QUEBEC FROM A TO Z. OR OUR INFORMATION BOOKLET ON CIVIL MARRIAGE IN QUEBEC, TWO DOCUMENTS THAT WE HAVE PRODUCED TO ENLIGHTEN YOU ON CIVIL MARRIAGE IN QUEBEC.
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