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I am travelling throughout Europe at the moment ( I am retired

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I am travelling throughout Europe at the moment ( I am retired ) and my long term partner has also just retired. We wish to marry in the Ukraine. In order for me to obtain a none impediment certificate local council officials in the UK have informed me that I must present myself in person at the council offices. Is there any way that I can avoid returning to the UK to do this. I am a British national and still pay UK tax. I draw Uk state pension and a small military pension.......I do not want to break off my travelling and incur the expense of returning to the UK at the moment.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: UK Family Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 5 years ago.


Thanks for your question.


I regret to say that it is not possible for one person to attend the Registry office on behalf of another in order to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage. One would usually make an appointment and take photographic proof of identity (eg. Passport) and address (utility bill or council tax demand/invoice) and then the CNI would be provided


You should though contact the British Embassy or consulate nearest to where you are to marry and ask them to provide you with their details on how to apply for a CNI from abroad. You usually can and they should be able to provide you with the appropriate application forms. You should also check with the Ukrainian authorities whether they accept a CNI obtained in this way, whether they require it to be legalised by the UK Legalisation Office and/or whether they require it to be translated in to the local language by the Institute of Linguists.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Power of Attorney ? ( brother in UK )
Expert:  Thomas replied 5 years ago.


Thanks for you accept.


I've never heard of anyone doing that. It would be for the Registry to decide, but I should think there would be issues with your brother being able to certifiy that the copy passport which he would take their would is a genuine copy of yours because, presumably, it is with you. It's just about possible they may accept him attending with a POA and a notarised copy of your passport (which you would have to arrange), but, as I say, it is the registry office's prerogative whether or not to accept this.


I doubt it I'm afraid.


Good luck.


Thanks again.


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