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The Marriage (Authorised Persons) and Civil Partnership (Registration Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

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Amendments to Marriage (Authorised Persons) Regulations 1952

3.—(1) The Marriage (Authorised Persons) Regulations 1952(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 2(1)(2), in the definition of “trustees or governing body”, for the words “the Admiralty or any person” to the end of the definition, substitute “the Secretary of State or any person authorised by the Secretary of State”(3).

(3) In regulation 17(4)—

(a)omit sub-paragraphs (d) and (da);

(b)after sub-paragraph (ca), insert—

(e)unless sub-paragraph (f) applies, in the case of a marriage between two parties who have previously been through a form of marriage with each other (not being a marriage which is known to have been null and void) and neither of them has since married a third party, then notwithstanding sub-paragraphs (b) and (c)—

(i)if the previous marriage was terminated by divorce, he shall enter the words “Previously married at … on … Marriage dissolved on …”, inserting particulars of the place and date of the previous marriage and the date of its dissolution, or

(ii)if the previous marriage was annulled, he shall enter the words “Previously married at … on … Marriage annulled on …”, inserting particulars of the place and date of the previous marriage and the date of its annulment, or

(iii)if the ceremony was performed for the avoidance of doubt as to the validity of a previous ceremony, he shall enter the words “Previously went through a form of marriage at … on …”, inserting the particulars of the place and date of the previous ceremony;

(f)where sub-paragraph (e) applies, and the parties are now legally of the same sex but their previous marriage was a marriage between a man and a woman, he shall enter the form of words referred to in sub-paragraphs (b) or (c) (as applicable), but if the parties so request, he shall enter the form of words referred to in sub-paragraph (e)(i), (ii) or (iii) (as applicable);

(g)in the case of a marriage between two parties of the same sex who have previously been through a form of civil partnership with each other (not being a civil partnership which is known to be void) and neither of them has since formed a civil partnership with, or married, a third party, then notwithstanding sub-paragraphs (ba) and (ca)—

(i)if the previous civil partnership has been terminated by final order of dissolution, he shall enter the words, “Previously formed a civil partnership at … on … Civil partnership dissolved on …”, inserting particulars of the place and date of the previous civil partnership and the date of dissolution, or

(ii)if the previous civil partnership was annulled, he shall enter the words, “Previously formed a civil partnership at … on … Civil partnership annulled on …”, inserting the particulars of the place and date of the previous civil partnership and the date of its annulment;

(h)in the case of a marriage between a man and a woman who have previously been through a form of civil partnership with each other (not being a civil partnership which is known to be void) and neither of them has since formed a civil partnership with, or married, a third party, he shall enter the form of words referred to in sub-paragraph (ba) or (ca) (as applicable), but if the parties so request, he shall enter the form of words referred to in sub-paragraph (g)(i) or (ii) (as applicable);

(2)

Regulation 2(1) was amended by S.I. 2014/107 and S.I. 2014/3061.

(3)

See section 1(2), (7) and 3(2) of the Defence (Transfer of Functions) Act 1964 (c. 15).

(4)

Regulation 17 was amended by S.I. 1971/1216; S.I. 1986/1444; S.I. 2005/3177; and S.I. 2014/107.

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