I live abroad and am going to apply for a divorce through the UK. The lawyer i spoke to said I need to submit the original marriage certificate but I can't find it anywhere, I think it has been hidden. I don't know that I can get a replacement where I live as red tape is lengthy.
I am in fear at this point, if I come home will they accept a copy in order to proceed? I can't see any other way.
I had to look this up yesterday. It shouldn't be too hard to get hold of a copy from abroad... It just takes a little longer and costs a little more than from within the UK. Instructions on the gov.UK website.
You never get the original. What you're handed when you marry is the first certified copy. The books have two certificates side by side. Yours is removed from the book (the copy) and given to you. When the book is filled it gets sent to the register office.
You never need the original certificate. Just a properly certified copy.