Marriages under new law will have to wait 21 days

PEOPLE hoping to take advantage of new locations for marriages will have to wait until later in March.

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The new law takes effect from 1 March, but no one can get married under its provisions until later in the month because notice has to have been published by the Greffe for a minimum of 21 days.

Under its provisions, couples can choose to be married in the same way that is available today, or at a number of different venues, including hotels, gardens or on the beach.

‘The new law replaces the Marriage Law of 1919, which was considered outdated and did not meet the requirements of modern society,’ a spokesman for the Greffe said.

‘The new law has simplified the administrative procedure required before a couple are married, while ensuring that the necessary safeguards are in place to prevent illegal marriages.’

Anybody wishing to marry earlier in March can do so under the terms of the old law.

Forms to apply to give notice of marriage may be downloaded from the Royal Court website, www.guernseyroyalcourt.gg, from 11 February.

‘Several organisations and individuals have applied to be authorised civil celebrants to conduct legal civil weddings and will shortly be undertaking training, which is being given by the head of registrations,’ said the spokesman,

‘As soon as it is known who the civil celebrants are, their contact details will be added to the Royal Court website.’

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