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Last updated 16th June 2017

Marriage law

The principal statutory sources of law applying to marriage in England are the Marriage Act 1949 and the Church of England Marriage Measure 2008. 


The Church Law Resources website includes a useful questions and answers section on marriage.

Additional resources that may be of interest 

Immigration Act 2014 - marriage provisions

Clergy newsletter from the Home Office (2011) covers the following topics:

  • Civil Partnerships in Religious Buildings.
  • New forms for correcting a marriage entry.
  • Marriage returns Keying update
  • Re-ordering marriage certificates.
  • Foreign Divorces.
  • Quick find guide.