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From: Angelika <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Legal marriage name.
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:46:37 +0000
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Just to give another example of how lax things used to be, even as
recently as the late 20th century:
We got married in 1988, and as the wedding was to be in a non-conformist
church we had to do the necessary paperwork at Colchester Register
The formalities went something like this:
"Are you both over 18?" - "Yes"
"Are you both single?" - "Yes"
"Are you both British?" - "I am, she isn't"
"Do you have your passport on you, Madam?"
I handed over my passport, he wrote down my name, he gave it back to me.
My husband-to-be did not have to produce ANY kind of ID or documents,
and if I had lied and said I was British they would probably not have
asked me for any documents either.
I'm sure things have changed since then!