In England and Wales, marriage certificates will also contain mothers’ names.

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For the first time, mothers of brides and grooms will be listed on marriage certificates in England and Wales.

 

Previously, marriage licences only contained the names of the couple’s husbands, but an amendment to the Marriage Act now includes all parents’ names.

 

The transfer, according to the Home Office, would “correct a historic anomaly”

 

Marriages will also be recorded electronically, rather than written in a registry book, as part of the biggest changes to the system since 1837.

 

The government said the creation of a single electronic register, which goes live on Tuesday, May 4, would speed up the process and remove the need for any details to be extracted from hard copies.

 

The changes to the Marriage Act were made in consultation with the Church of England.

 

The Reverend Dr Malcolm Brown, director of mission and public affairs for the Church of England, said he believed the new regulations would become second nature very quickly.

 

He added: “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.”

 

MPs from all parties have spent several years attempting to bring about a change in the law to allow both parents to have their names and occupations recorded, BBC reports.

 

The move brings England and Wales into line with the rest of the UK. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, couples are already asked to give the names of both parents on marriage documentation. The same applies for those entering a civil partnership.


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