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Just get hitched? Better have a marriage licence

Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Reesa Heft

Back in August, 2016, it was widely reported that wedding officiant, Paul Cogan, was performing marriages in Ontario without the proper authority to do so. Many couples thought they were married, but it turns out they were not. (Cogan has been charged with solemnizing a marriage without authority.)

The legal question is: What is the status of the marriage and the “spouses?”

There are religious marriages and civil marriages. Often, from the outside perspective, they are the same. Often, the minister, rabbi or other religious officiant...