Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act 1995

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17 Parents who marry or enter into civil union after birth of child may have particulars of marriage or civil union recorded

(1)

If satisfied that—

(a)

the parents of any person married, or entered into a civil union with, each other after the person’s birth; and

(b)

either—

(i)

the parents have jointly requested the Registrar-General to record information relating to their marriage or civil union as part of the information relating to the person’s birth recorded under this Act or a former Act; or

(ii)

one parent is unavailable and the other has so requested,—

the Registrar-General shall do so.

(2)

Any person affected by a decision of the Registrar-General to decline to record information relating to a marriage or civil union between the parents of a person that took place after the person’s birth as part of the information relating to the birth recorded under this Act or a former Act may, within 28 days after receiving written notice that the Registrar-General has so decided, appeal against the decision to the office of the Family Court nearest the Registrar-General’s office; and the Family Court shall, after—

(a)

giving every person the court thinks has an interest in the matter an opportunity to be heard; and

(b)

receiving any evidence the court thinks fit,—

either confirm the Registrar-General’s decision or make such decision as the Family Court thinks fit and, where necessary, direct the Registrar-General to cause to be included in the information recorded under this Act or a former Act in respect of the birth concerned the information in dispute.

(3)

For the purposes of this section, the only information recorded under this Act or a former Act in respect of an adopted person’s birth is the information originally recorded.

Compare: 1951 No 22 s 19A

Section 17 heading: amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 7 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

Section 17(1)(a): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 7 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

Section 17(1)(b)(i): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 7 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).

Section 17(2): amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).

Section 17(2): amended, on 26 April 2005, by section 7 of the Relationships (Statutory References) Act 2005 (2005 No 3).