Ask an UK Law Question, Get an Answer ASAP!
Are both persons in the UK?
If not please state where they are.
Thanks for your prompt response. So one person is a UK citizen (my boyfriend) and the other a UK permanent resident (myself). I have a United Arab Emirates passport, which means that the marriage is only recognized by the UAE if done by sharia. So we will get a UK religious sheikh to do this religious bit for us. Then the religious certificate needs to be converted into a civil marriage - I woudl normally just do the civil in our local registry office but we are actually getting married in Italy...so what I would really like is to get a certificate of no objection issued by the UK that I can then use to have the civil ceremony abroad in Italy! Slightly complicated I know - what do you advise?
Where is the religious (Sharia) marriage to occur - in the UK?
Are you to then have the civil ceremony in Italy?
Yes exactly - religious in UK followed by civil ceremony in Italy (near Florence)
Right. If you are not going to have the sharia marriage registered in the UK at a Registry office and instead to have the marriage in Italy then you will have to comply with the requirements of Italian law for the marriage of one UK national to a non-uk national.
I attach a link to the relevant page on the Italian Embassy's website:-
I'm afriad that I don't feel qualified to advise on the particulars of Marriage in Italy, being a UK solicitor so I'll opt out so that the question shall be free for other to answer. Because of the Italian element though it is possible that you may not receive further advice as this is a UK forum.
Ok thank you for looking into this - can you just advise one more thing - if we registered the religious marriage at a UK regsitry office - does this require a full on civil ceremony or can it just be processed as paperwork? As if we can just get the document done, perhaps we can then present this to the commune in italy and they can perform an equivalent ceremony based on that?
No, I believe it is more of a case of attending the registry office and executing the appropriate forms as opposed to a ceremony.
I'm afraid I couldn't really comment on the second part of your last reply for the reasons above. I should have thought a more fruitful way forward would be to telephone the Italian Embassy and check personally.
Ok thanks again for your help
I was not aware that a customer could accept an answer after the expert had opted out.
I shall happily request a refund via the Mods if you like.
Not at all - you spent time answering and tried to help via uk law as much as poss which is why I accepted
Many thanks again
That's very generous - thank you very much.
I wish you the best of luck with your nuptuals.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).