Religious Ceremonies

Divorce

There is some contention within the Temple as to the validity of divorce. Fundamentalists and many of the more classically devout believe that divorce is against the precepts of the Lords of Kobol, however many more reform oriented members of the priesthood consider divorce to be under the auspice of Hera, the goddess of marriage, and as such recognize and offer a temple based divorce ritual.

Divorce is still frowned upon, and in most circumstances where abuse or hardship are not a concern, the temple will impose a waiting period which can be anywhere between a week and a month as a period of review for the couple seeking the divorce. This review period begins when the priest crosses a pair of peacock feathers, symbols of Hera, before the couple, and declares them as being "under Her eyes". Just so, the couple is believed to have Hera's particular attention during this period, and should take great pains not to affend her, as she is one of the most vengeful of the Lords of Kobol.

The couple should use this time to resolve any issues between them, be they legal, financial, or emotional. They are encouraged to talk to each other as well as loved ones to make sure all affairs are in order and affirm hey are committed to the divorce. The temple is obligated to provide pastoral counseling at the couple's request at any time needed during this period to help them determine and finalize what they decision they are prepared to make at the end of the waiting period.

This period of review may be waived at the jurisdiction of the priest involved, usually when circumstances of abuse are presented. The priest may also demand sacrifice from the parties involved on behalf of Hera if they feel the situation warrants it.

At the end of the review period, the divorced couple (or group, in the case of group marriage) presents themselves to the priest and affirms they are committed to their decided course of action, after which the priest proceeds with the ceremony that dissolves the marriage under Hera's auspices. Temple documents are signed by all parties in the divorce and then submitted to governmental authority, which in the case of the colonial military would be the JAG's office.

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