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Be sure to read our essential updates designed to help family lawyers get up to speed with the reforms and other legislation by summarising the changes to the law and how they will affect day-to-day practice. The first update on Same Sex Marriage is available here.
Same sex couples in England and Wales wishing to be among the first to marry are being reminded that they can give notice to their local register office from 13 March.
For most marriages or civil partnerships you must give at least 16 days' notice at your local register office. To give formal notice you should contact your local register office and make an appointment. There might be different rules for religious ceremonies.
Same sex couples who married abroad under foreign law and are currently treated as civil partners will be recognised as being married in England and Wales from 13 March 2014.
Other timetable details include:
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 became law in July 2013 in England and Wales, it:
More information is available here.
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