Massachusetts Marriage Laws

Section 58 - Advertising to perform marriage ceremony; business cards

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Massachusetts General Laws - Part II: Real and Personal Property and Domestic Relations - Title III: Domestic Relations - Chapter 207: Marriage

Advertising to perform marriage ceremony; business cards

A justice of the peace or other person authorized to solemnize marriages may advertise his name or any trade name, business address, telephone number, rate of compensation as provided by law, regular hours of availability and any ability in a second language and any present or former professional affiliation, in any newspaper, magazine, telephone directory or other publication of general circulation. Whoever advertises to perform or to procure the performance of a marriage ceremony by any other means shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars; provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to prohibit the use of a business card by a justice of the peace or other person authorized to perform marriage ceremonies; and provided, further, that if a justice of the peace uses a business card said card shall not display the seal of the commonwealth.

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