WHO CAN PERFORM A MARRIAGE IN WAUKESHA COUNTY?
State Statues 765.16 and 765.17 specify who may perform marriages in the state of Wisconsin.
765.16 MARRIAGE CONTRACT, HOW MADE; OFFICIATING PERSON.
Marriage may be validly solemnized and contracted in this state only after a marriage license has been issued therefore, and only in the following manner; by the mutual declarations of the 2 parties to be joined in marriage, made before a duly authorized officiating person and in the presence of at least 2 competent adult witnesses other than such officiating person, that they take each other as husband and wife. The following are duly authorized to officiate at weddings:
- Any ordained clergyman of any religious denomination or society who continues to be such ordained clergyman.
- Any licentiate of a denominational body or an appointee of any bishop serving as a regular clergyman of any church of the denomination to which the clergyman belongs, if not restrained from so doing by the discipline of the church or denomination.
- The 2 parties themselves, by such mutual declarations, in accordance with the customs, rules and regulations of any religious society, denomination or sect to which either of said parties may belong.
- Any judge of a court of record or a reserve judge appointed under s. 753.075.
- Any family court commissioner appointed under s. 767.13 or court commissioner appointed under s. 757.68.
- Any municipal court judge.
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