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In a bid to crack down on sham, illegal marriages, couples must now give almost double the notice of intention to wed. This is a rise from 15 to 28 days comes into force today, which was approved by Parliament last year.

It is a legal requirement that each party in a proposed marriage or civil partnership gives their notice prior to the ceremony / formation taking place.

The Government has made clear that they will not tolerate illegal marriages as a form of access to a right to live in the United Kingdom. Registrars have been encouraged to be extra vigilant and report any suspicions that they may have to the relevant agencies.

At Ramsdens we have a highly experienced, expert family team able to advise you on a range of matters from children issues to divorce, domestic violence and forced marriage. Do you feel that you are being forced into a marriage against your will by your partner or those around you? Contact our team on 08000 147720, email family@ramsdens.co.uk or text LAW to 67777 to arrange a free thirty minute consultation in any of our ten offices across West Yorkshire.