The BBC have recently reported that, as part of an ongoing review of marriage certificates, the Home Office are considering amongst a range of options, the inclusion of mothers’ names to marriage certificates. Shelley Cumbers, Family solicitor at TSP explains.

As it currently stands in England and Wales, only the names and occupations of the bride and groom’s fathers are recorded on marriage certificates. There is no legal requirement or space on the marriage certificate to record the corresponding details of the parties’ mothers.

This potential change is welcome news to many as the current position is regarded as old fashioned and out of touch with today’s society. Campaigners have even used Twitter to highlight the issue using the hashtag #MothersOnMarriageCerts.  It is considered that marriage certificates need modernising, especially when mothers’ names are recorded on civil partnership certificates. The change, if made, would also bring England and Wales into line with Scotland and Northern Ireland where marriage certificates do already include mothers’ names.

The Home Office have not confirmed what range of options they are considering relating to this issue or when an announcement will be made. However, the cost and logistics of replacing existing blank certificates is being investigated as part of the overall review.

Shelley advises clients on all aspects of private family law and is able to offer a free half hour initial chat for prospective clients. She is a member of Resolution and a Collaborative Lawyer. She is committed to resolving disputes constructively and sensibly. Shelley is pictured with Marcus Price, who leads the Family team at TSP.