Learn about the rules and tips for choosing a marriage witness in Quebec. Choosing a civil marriage witness means allowing a loved one to play a leading role on the day of your civil marriage. However, there are a few rules to follow so that a loved one can act as a witness.

Rules to follow when choosing a civil marriage witness

There are different rules to follow when choosing a marriage witness. Your marriage witness must:
be available and physically present on the day of your marriage:

  • understand their role
  • be able to attest to your consent
  • sign the marriage declaration

There is no rule about the minimum age required to be a witness. Your child could be your marriage witness. This will require making sure he understands his role. Generally, we observe that this task is not given to children under 7 years old.

Tips for choosing your marriage witness

Since the role of the witness is both formal and meaningful, your witness should be chosen carefully. Unlike other countries such as France where each spouse can have two witnesses, in Quebec each spouse has only one witness.

You can choose a person who has an important place in your life and who you would like to give one in the new chapter of your life that is beginning. It is important to choose someone you can trust who is punctual and reliable. Imagine waiting on D-Day for a late witness…

We hope that this article will give you a better understanding of the rules surrounding the choice of a marriage witness and help you in your consideration.

Mona Salehi Notaire Inc. – Notary and civil marriage officiant in Montreal

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