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Both parents are to be named on marriage certificates going forward following a change to the Marriage Act. Currently, a historical anomaly means that just the bride and grooms' fathers are named. This change has been campaigned for by a cross party group of MPs and also applies to civil partnerships.
"We are very pleased that the marriage registration system can now include the names of mothers as well as fathers on registers.
Changing practices that go back many years is never straightforward, but we believe the new system changes as little as possible in terms of the couple's experience of their church wedding and that the clergy will find the new regulations become second nature very quickly."
This article was written by Jo Smith, Marketing Manager. The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as of May 2021.