Preparing couples for lifelong relationships is an important pastoral responsibility. Care should be taken to ensure adequate time for preparation. In situations in which there has been a previous marriage or civil union, adequate time should be allowed to comply with all diocesan policies. These guidelines are meant to serve as general guidelines for the clergy and congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. Clergy and local congregations may wish to develop additional guidelines and policies to assist couples seeking the church’s pastoral support and blessing on their lives together. If you have any questions about these policies or procedures, please call the Bishop’s Office early in the process.