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Legal requirements to marry
There are certain things that must be done before any marriage
or civil partnership ceremony can take place.
Find out everything you need to know on how to
legally marry on GOV.UK.
I have been married or in a civil partnership before
If you have ever been married or ever entered into a civil
partnership, you will need proof of your marital status. If
divorced, you will need to produce your decree absolute. If the
marriage has been annulled you will need to produce the decree of
nullity. These documents must bear an original court seal. A
photocopy will not be acceptable unless it bears an original,
non-photocopied court seal.
If you have previously formed a civil partnership, evidence will
be needed to show how that civil partnership ended. If the civil
partner has died, a death certificate will be required. If the
civil partnership was dissolved, it will be necessary to produce
the final order of dissolution bearing an original seal.
If you need to get a decree absolute or final order of civil
partnership dissolution, these can be obtained from the court in
which the divorce or dissolution was granted or from:
The Principal Registry of the Family Division
42-49 High Holborn
London WC1V 6NP
7947 6000 (main number) or 020 7947
request a search for a decree absolute or dissolution order.
I am widowed
If widowed, you will need to produce an original death
certificate. If your late spouse's death certificate does not name
you as the husband or wife, then it will also be necessary to
produce the marriage certificate.