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19th Century Marriage Law finally updated!

For the first time marriage certificates are now going to include both the names of the Father and Mother of the couple getting married following a change this month the Marriage Act.

The Home office said the move would “correct a historic anomaly”.

Marriages will also be recorded electronically rather than in a registry book as part of the biggest change to the system since 1837. This is to speed up the process and remove the need for any details to be extracted from hard copies.

Marriages were previously recorded by the couple signing a register book, there are around 84,000 held at register offices and churches.

The Church of England have said “that the change to the system will not change a couples experience of their church wedding”.

If you have any questions or queries related to the above please contact Rachael Wood who is the head of our Family team on 0161 928 1581 or email