Do you want to get married? If you’re planning on getting married in Quebec, you have several options: two of which include at the Courthouse or through a notary.
A wise choice: the notary – your marriage officiant!
The celebration of a civil marriage, civil wedding celebration is a solemn ceremony that can take place in the location of your choice, while respecting the public character of the ceremony, where the notary celebrant of marriage receives the consent of the spouses and declares them married to each other.
You can celebrate your civil marriage Montreal or your civil union before a clerk or a deputy clerk of the Superior Court, in the Montreal Courthouse before a celebrant authorized by the Department of Justice or also before a notary.
In our office, we will guarantee the celebration of your wedding 20 days after the first meeting with the notary celebrant of your choice, following the publication of your intention to get married at the Courthouse (or, when the couple invokes a serious reason based on moral or humanitarian grounds, even before the expiration of the 20-day period).
The promptitude to give you the most professional service and to offer a ceremony that adapts to all your needs is the most important. Usually, waiting times at the Courthouse last much longer than 20 days, and the celebration of your marriage meets only the standards imposed by the law.
The benefits of choosing a notary are many: the notary gives you the opportunity to celebrate your civil wedding at any date you wish, while at the Courthouse, this marriage celebration cannot be held on certain days of the year (such as Sundays, certain holidays, religious or civil holidays).
There is the same situation regarding the program hours: in the Montreal Courthouse the celebration can take place between 9 am and 4:30 pm, while in a notary’s office, it can take place until 10 pm.
Another advantage if you decide for a notary celebrant is the celebration place, because you can choose the location according to your taste and wishes. Maître Leopold Lincà, notary Montreal , travels to any place of your choice that respects the solemn and public character of the ceremony; he can also place at your disposal a celebration hall, if you desire in order to avoid having to worry about a celebration place.
Also, the notary is the celebrant who is able to explain to you the possible matrimonial regimes and to draft your marriage or your civil union contract, if you wish.
Maître Leopold Lincà, notary, will give you personalized legal advice and will also let you know the legal and the patrimonial consequences of marriage. He will draft your marriage contract (if applicable) and he will register your contract with the Register of Personal and Movable Real Rights.
Civil union/civil marriage benefits and differences:
Like the civil marriage ceremony, the celebration of a civil union takes place in a solemn location, where the notary celebrant receives the mutual consent of the spouses and then declares them united to each other.
The rights and obligations of a civil union are the same ones as for a marriage. The celebration of a civil union respects the same conditions applicable to marriage (posting the act of publication 20 days before the date of the union celebration, ceremony before the officiant and so on).
The differences between marriage and civil union revolve around the age of the spouses (18 years and over – for the civil union and 16 years and more – for the marriage, also with the consent of the Court) and around the conditions of the dissolution.
The civil union is dissolved by the marriage of spouses, by the death of one of the partners, by a judgment of the court or by a joint declaration of the dissolution of the union by the spouses made before a notary.
As a result, the civil union has the advantage of giving marriage rights to the spouses and allowing a less expensive dissolution, if necessary, with the help of a notary.
Same sex marriage (LGBT)
Following the amendments to the Civil Code of Quebec, homosexual couples (the gay and lesbian community, LGBT) can also choose a civil marriage or civil union.
The celebration of a marriage or civil union between persons of the same sex can take place before the notary who will put in place all the necessary procedures for the marriage to be legal.
The notary will draft a marriage or a civil union contract according to the choice of the spouses.
We will accompany you in order for you to have an unforgettable ceremony for your dream wedding. Our mission is to offer you a professional service according to your needs, at competitive prices and also to provide you with clear legal advice in easy and understandable terms. Enjoy your wedding day – we serve the following districts: Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, North Shore, South Shore, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Leonard, Montréal-Nord, West Island, Montreal Downtown, Outremont, Pierrefonds-Roxboro, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Anjou, Verdun, Ville-Marie, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Brossard, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Westmount, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Lachine, Lasalle, L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Pointe-Claire, Montreal East, Montreal West and in the neighbouring areas, and we can travel in your service, at an affordable price; let us offer you the best services and the best quality / price report for our legal services.Contact us now!