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Common Law “Spouse” Sealing
A sister in our branch would like to be sealed to her deceased common law husband. She has since joined the church and is an endowed member. Can she be sealed to this “husband” or does she have to wait until she is deceased when someone can do the work for her?
Gordon Collett ✭✭✭✭✭
It sound's like something that would need to be approved by someone. Since your district president doesn't know, he needs to ask the area president over him. If that person isn't sure, he can pass it up to a general authority. Or you all may need to ask the temple president of your temple district.2
Marcy Miller Topham: Please see KA under temple: https://www.familysearch.org/en/help/helpcenter/article/do-common-law-spouses-have-the-same-precedence-as-married-spouses
Also refer to sealings KA: https://www.familysearch.org/en/help/helpcenter/article/sealings-to-deceased-family-members
Hope this will give you some guidance.1
Thank you for your help!0
Please advise this sister to discuss the issue with her branch president.1
I am a senior missionary serving in a remote part of the world. I am also serving as the District Temple and Family History consultant and FamilySearch Center director. The District President asked me the question because he doesn’t know the answer. I found the answer concerning sealing after both people are deceased, but I didn’t not find anything on a living sealing for this circumstance. I have also searched the handbook of instructions and nothing addresses this specifically. However, my guess is that without a marriage date she cannot be sealed.0