I can't work out if we need to send a marriage certificate. If we do it's a PITA as it's a certified copy so it'll mean sorting it out with the registrar etc. SW seems to think we need it but I can't work out if we'd only need it if, for e.g, he was my biological child and DH was adopting him?
I have no idea whether you need one or not, sorry! But all certificates issued are certified copies of the original, so if you do need it, just order a copy from the GRO online. Less than a tenner and they don't take long to arrive. There's no need to faff around contacting the registrar surely?
Yes - all marriage certificates are 'certified copies' of the original entry in the register of marriage. There is no such thing as an original certificate. You can order multiple copies online of any birth, death or marriage certificate - as I found out when dealing with my dad's estate after he died!
You should only need a solicitor (or other person of good standing) to certify documents which aren't already certified eg. a passport, or a license etc.
Birth, marriage and death certificates are already certified by the registrar/General Register Office when they are printed and sent out. A Marriage Certificate will have "Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage" typed along the top, and then on the bottom (if you order online from the GRO) it will have their stamp.
I should have said, if you don't want to send your one and only version of your marriage certificate with your AO in case they lose it or whatever, then you can get it photocopied and 'certified' by a solicitor.
This is faster than getting another 'original looking' version.
I wish - is your marriage certificate in English ? If not you will need to get it translated . Not by anyone but by a special authorised translator. Who will of course charge you much more .
Did you use a solicitor for your adoption ? If so he or she will usually do it for nothing , it only takes them 5 minutes . AFAIKthey have to be a notary public . I didn't know that " anyone in good standing " could notorise a legal document
I phoned the court the other day regard the fact I didn't send a certified copy of our marriage cert with the AO application after seeing it discussed here. I was advised by the clerk at the CFC that is not required.... and our application is being processed.