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FINDING THE PERFECT JUSTICE OF THE PEACE



You have decided to marry – you have a venue and a date, and plan to have a Justice of the Peace marry you. Now you have to find the perfect JP. How do you do that?
 
  • Start early –as soon as you have booked the venue. Good JP’s, like popular venues, book early, often 12 months or more in advance.
·         Think about any criteria you might have – age, gender, experience.
·         Do a search -- http://www.mjpa.org/ and http://www.findajp.com/ are useful for my area.
  • Check out web sites – is the web site informative, helpful, and does it give you a sense of the person who wrote it and his/her values?
  • Send a contact e-mail with a few questions – availability for the date and location of your ceremony as well as fees are helpful. Do you receive a prompt reply and are your questions answered?
  • Schedule a meeting/consultation, usually at the JP’s home – find out if there is going to be a fee associated with the meeting.
  • Meet with the JP – have a list of questions prepared.
  • Decide whether the JP is the perfect person to perform this most important service for you – is he/she someone you feel comfortable with, will the JP be a calming presence for you, and does he/she share your vision for your ceremony or is he/she willing to help you create one?
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If you are interviewing more than one JP, make your decision and inform everyone as soon as possible.

Next blog – questions for the JP.

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Deanna Jenine Bravoco on Sunday, November 17, 2013 5:17 PM
Me and my husband were thinking of Marriage and we heard of a justice of the peace by the name of stoddard melhado and we contacted him and a day was arranged he was very nice, sweet, and a very caring man. The wedding we had was private and very nice i enjoyed every second of it. I would recommend this man if you were to get married he if a very good fit. He likes to help people and he is gentle, kind, patient, and so much more. Me and my husband are now enjoying living or life together forever. Thank you Stoddard you have been a huge help and thank you for your comments on my dress :)
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