Diocesan Guidelines For Remarriage After Divorce
To All Diocesan Clergy
These guidelines are to be followed for any marital judgment in this diocese.
1. The Canons of this Church stipulate that no member of the clergy, priest or bishop, can officiate at the remarriage of any person, who has been divorced, or whose marriage has been annulled or terminated without a judgment from the Bishop.
2. Sixty days (60) are required between the application for a judgment and the proposed date of the wedding. This allows time for fact-finding, obtaining documents, obtaining the Bishop's consent, and for the required pre-nuptial counseling. The sixty days begin when the process begins.
3. I will not accept any application for judgment under one month (30 days) prior to the date of the wedding.
4. When one or both of the parties are members of another Episcopal parish, check with that rector before continuing any further discussion. Let us support one another in our ministry.
5. A definition of terms: Nullity means that no marriage existed or exists, as the Church understands this term; Termination means that the marriage is ended and spiritually dead.
6. I will not entertain any request for a marital judgment which does not (1) state the date of the proposed wedding, (2) include a Declaration of Intent signed by both parties and the priest, and (3) include a copy of all final divorce decrees.
7. In cases where the couple legally resides in another diocese but wish to be married in a church of this diocese, they must obtain a marital judgment from the Bishop of that diocese in which they reside. That Bishop will then advise me of their judgment and I will give permission to the local priest to officiate.
8. Priests from outside this diocese must have permission from both bishops to officiate in this diocese.
9. Revised November 2004