Is your marriage really registered? By Sarah Jane Lenihan

December 16, 2017 1 comment

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Since working in London I have been consulted by a number of clients who have undergone solely religious marriages that were never been officially registered, only to find out later, when the relationship breaks down, that the marriage is therefore not legally recognised. The ceremonies in question took place in England. The legal situation with…

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Getting married abroad

March 1, 2017 1 comment

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Angela Sussens, a Partner in our Leeds office. “My friend is planning to marry a lady from Thailand in her country and then settling back in England with her. How do we…

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Russian region bans divorce for a day

July 12, 2016 0 comments

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A Russian region in the north-west of the country banned divorce for a day last week to promote family values. Novgorod Oblast (administrative district) is one the oldest regions in Russia, with a history dating back to the 9th Century, when Scandinavian Vikings first settled in the west of the country. This year the local…

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Chinese couples told not to wed in ‘vests and slippers’

June 4, 2016 4 comments

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Couples in Chinese capital Beijing have been told not to attend registry offices dressed in casual clothing. From next month, new rules will discourage couples who turn up for their weddings in clothing that might be deemed “not serious and suitable”. Han Mingxi is head of the city’s marriage registration department. Talking to Beijing Daily…

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China introduces fingerprint IDs for marriage

February 3, 2016 0 comments

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Chinese couples who want to marry must now register their fingerprints before they can do so. Potential newlyweds must go to their local registry office to complete the necessary paperwork before submitting their fingerprints as a form of identification to the Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau. Couples seeking a divorce must also submit to fingerprinting, China…

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Government submits legislation for civil partnership conversion

October 16, 2014 3 comments

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The government has submitted new legislation to Parliament which will allow the conversion of civil partnerships into marriage. Civil partners will be able to convert their unions into marriage from December 10 this year. The newly revised legislation follows criticism of the government’s conversion plans earlier in the year. Campaigners claimed the process then envisioned…

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