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06 DEC 2013

The Foreign Marriage (Amendment) Order 2013

This Order may be cited as the Foreign Marriage (Amendment) Order 2013 and comes into force on 1st January 2014

This Order amends the Foreign Marriage Order 1970 to remove the test of domicile in respect of the parties to a consular marriage with the result that the parties to such a marriage will elect under which jurisdiction (England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) they wish to be married, rather than this being determined by where they are domiciled.

This Order also removes the requirement for British consular officers to transmit certificates of foreign marriages to the Registrar General in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Consular officers remain under an obligation to transmit certificates of consular marriages to the Registrar General.

Article 5 ensures that any person whose certificate was transmitted before this service is removed may still obtain a certified copy of that certificate from the appropriate Registrar General upon payment of a fee.

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