I am a Bishop working through the 1st Presidency application process for a couple in my ward who have both been married/sealed previously, divorced and are now married (to each other). They now desire to be sealed together.
Via church HQs I was able to make contact with the Bishop of the ex-husband of my ward sister who desires a sealing cancellation. This Bishop is helping with the contact required with the ex-husband.
For the husband (desiring to be sealed to new wife...they've been married for several years already), he will require a sealing clearance, which also involves application to the 1st Presidency.
1) In the "leader letter to former spouse" section, the text/instructions indicate: "The application process requires that you obtain a letter from each of the following former spouses. For legal reasons, we cannot display the names and contact information for these prior spouses. Please work with the applicant to obtain this information."
- What is this letter from me supposed to contain and what am I seeking from the former spouse? Is there a template? Timeline for delivery and response?
Is this more of a notice letter? Or, am I to seek permission from the former spouse? If the later, what happens if the former spouse does not agree or fails to respond?
2) What supporting documentation are we able to or should upload as part of this application? Police reports? Divorce documents? Letter sent to former spouse? Her response?
Appreciate guidance on how to complete the admin portions of this application. Thank you
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colbyj wrote:What is this letter from me supposed to contain and what am I seeking from the former spouse?
. . . what happens if the former spouse does not agree or fails to respond?
There should be instructions within the application to guide you toward all of these answers. When I last went through this process, your letter to a former spouse lets them know about the request and asks that they write a letter to the First Presidency providing their feelings about the request. You forward the response letter with the application to your stake president regardless of what it says. If you do not receive a response, you provide your letter outlining your attempts to notify the prior spouse and indicating that you have not received a response.
As I said, there should be instructions, and they may well have changed since I was last involved in the process. Your stake president will be able to help you with any additional questions you may have concerning the Application.
Thank you... I would not have posted these questions if there were instructions. Or, at least ones I could find. Yes, I know my stake president will help...but I'm trying to figure out as much on my own first before going to him for every little thing. He has enough on his plate besides trying to help me sort out these questions.
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