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New Marriage Measure 2008

The new Church of England Marriage Measure 2008 came into force on 1st October 2008 and extends the legal right to be married in a parish church. The new rules mean that a couple may be married in a church in a parish if either person:

  • was baptised in the parish (this does not apply where the baptism formed part of a combined service of baptism or confirmation); or,
  • had his or her confirmation entered in a church register book of a church or chapel in the parish; or,
  • has at any time had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least six months; or
  • has at any time habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least six months (which means at least two Sundays per month);

OR

A parent of that person has at any time during that person's lifetime:-

  • had his or her usual place of residence in the parish for at least six months; or
  • habitually attended public worship in the parish for at least six months (which means at least two Sundays per month);

OR

A parent or grandparent of that person was married in the parish.