NZBC, Decree Establishing Norms for the Pre-Marital Investigation, October 1994.


Before a marriage takes place, the officiating priest is responsible for:

1. ascertaining the freedom of the couple to marry;

2. preparing the couple adequately;

3. completing the pre-nuptial papers approved for use in New Zealand;

4. obtaining any dispensations/permissions that are needed;

5. ensuring that marriage papers from outside New Zealand have been processed by the diocesan curia of the place of marriage;

6. notifying the place of baptism of the Catholic spouse(s) of the marriage;

7. returning the marriage papers to the diocesan curia of the place of marriage.




NZBC, October 1994, Gen. Decr., The Pre-Marital Investigation, Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1717.