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Getting Married Abroad

If you are planning on getting married abroad, it is important to ensure that the correct legal requirements are met in order for your marriage to be recognised in the UK. The legal specialists at Ramsdens Solicitors can help you to ensure you are compliant with the law, meaning you can focus fully on your wedding day.

Ramsdens is ranked in the prestigious Legal 500, and are well placed to assist with this matter. We work with diligence and care, explaining the legal process in a simple and concise manner.

Contact our Yorkshire-based solicitors today by calling 01484 821 500 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch with you at a time that is suitable for you.

Is getting married abroad legal in the UK?

A marriage carried out overseas is recognised as legal under UK law if it is valid under the laws of the country in which it was administered.

However, if you want to have a wedding abroad rather than in the UK, some countries require you to have an Affidavit or Statutory Declaration to confirm that you are single and free to marry before you enter the country.

Your travel agent will be able to provide you with an example of a document that would be accepted in the specific country in which you are getting married.

We would ask that you provide us with this document and we can then prepare the Affidavit/Statutory Declaration to the specific requirements of the country that you plan to marry in.

You can also contact the High Commission in the country in which you plan to marry to ensure that you have all of the correct documentation to marry in that country. We can then incorporate this into the Affidavit/Statutory Declaration.

Every country is different so you must check the specific requirements of the country that you are getting married in.

How do I register an overseas marriage?

If you get married abroad, you can apply to have your documents sent from the country you were married in to the General Register Office (GRO). The original documents issued by the foreign authority must be lodged.

Can I have my overseas marriage pre-approved?

If you are looking for assurance before getting married abroad, you can get a Certificate of No Impediment from the authorities that will be conducting your marriage in the country you are looking to get married in.

What are the fees?

£120 + VAT for a single Affidavit/Statutory Declaration

£175 + VAT for mirrored Affidavits/Statutory Declaration

Why choose Ramsdens?

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  • 97% of clients are satisfied with our overall performance.
  • 95% of clients across the UK in diverse sectors say they would recommend us to someone else for our legal services

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Call our family helpline on 08000 147720 or send us an email to book a free information session at any of our offices. We also offer early morning and late evening appointments across our offices.