Chapter 16 » 16.38

Civil law requirements

Action by area and local meetings

The use of meetings for clearness in preparation for marriage

In such a meeting for clearness, note that:

  1. it will not be appropriate to include close relatives of the couple in the meeting for clearness;
  2. when an application has been received and it is agreed that a meeting for clearness should be held, at least one elder or one overseer (or experienced Friend, where these officers are not appointed) should be included in the group; in most such cases the registering officer will also join it so that he or she is in a position to give guidance to the area meeting as to whether the marriage should be allowed;
  3. any personal matters that are disclosed in the course of the meeting should be regarded as confidential to the group.
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