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Your residency status before giving notice

You both need to have lived in the area in which you wish to give notice for at least seven full days, immediately before giving notice.

For example, if you arrive on Tuesday 1 March, the seven day period starts the following day, Wednesday 2 March, and is complete on Tuesday 8 March. You can then give notice on Wednesday 9 March.

This applies to everyone, including those travelling from overseas for a marriage or civil partnership in England and Wales.

Exceptions to this are listed below (providing neither party are subject to immigration control):

For marriages:

  • British or Commonwealth citizens are able to give notice in the country they are living in. The country needs to be signed up to the British Subjects Facilities Acts 1915 and 1916. The other party must be a resident of England or Wales.

For marriages and civil partnerships:

  • if one party to the marriage is resident in Scotland, they may give their notice in Scotland. The other person needs to be resident in England or Wales.
  • officers, seamen or marines on one of Her Majesty's ships at sea can give notice to the captain or other officer commanding the ship. The other person needs to be resident in England or Wales.

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