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Hi thank you for your enquiry and patience. Common law and civil marriage?
In the UK the common law marriage is not recognised as a legal marriage. This is used to refer to couple who choose to not marry but live together as if married. Some jurisdictions recognise them as a valid legal marriage but not the UK. The civil marriage is performed, recorded and recognised as a valid marriage and in the UK they have to be monogamous; and carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Marriage Acts 1949-1994. A marriage certificate has to be issued by a Superintendent Registrar or an authorised minister of religion.
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