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Divorce proceedings - lack of marriage certificate
Many years ago the Library received a call from a solicitor whose client wanted to get divorced.
The slight problem was he didn’t know when he had got married (he had a date range); or where (somewhere in Bangkok); had no paperwork and no idea where his wife was.
Rayden & Jackson on Relationship Breakdown, Finance and Children. 19th ed. (looseleaf) para. 3.200 discusses the procedure set out by the Family Procedure Rules 2010, Practice Direction 7A para 3.1 when a foreign marriage is not disputed along with a list of proof required.
FDR 2010 PD 7A 3.5 states that:
'The requirements of this Practice Direction do not prevent the existence and validity of a marriage, or of an overseas relationship which is not a marriage, being proved in accordance with -
(a) the Evidence (Foreign, Dominion and Colonial Documents) Act 1933; or
(b) any other method authorised in any other Practice Direction, rule or Act.’
Record last checked 18 July 2017
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