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Parents who had children before they get married could be breaking the law and here's how

Parents may not have been aware of this legislation

Parents who wed after having children could be breaking the law - and they may not even know it.

A piece of legislation is causing confusion for parents on social media after it was discovered they should re-register their child's birth after their marriage.

Posts emerged on Facebook groups this week with a link to the government's LA1 form , which should be completed if parents had a child together before they wed.

The legislation tells people to re-register their child's birth after they wed (stock photo)(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The law states the child's birth should be re-registered after marriage, regardless of whether the natural father is already on the child's birth certificate.

Some parents were unaware the law even existed while others knew about it, but were told it is unneccessary.

Many parents have been left questioning whether they need to take any action, and it caused quite a big discussion on the Manchester Evening News' family page .

Kate Tynan, mum to Noah, six and Martha, three, raised the question with other mums after seeing the form being shared.

She told the M.E.N's Manchester Family : "I've never been told I need to re-register.

"My son was at our wedding and the registrar never mentioned it.

"Nor did the registrar when we registered his birth.

"Also it was never mentioned when we registered our second child which was after we were married."

It is unlikely parents will get in significant trouble(Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)

Kate, who lives in Marple, added: "I'm still confused as to whether it's something I actually have to do and wouldn't have known anything about it had I not read someone else's post on Facebook.

"If it's a legal requirement you should be told about it."

The M.EN. spoke to solicitor Katharine Marshall, associate solicitor at WHN Solicitors, to get her to explain the law for parents.

She described how the legislation relates to a time when illegitimate children could not inherit from their parents, but as it's now outdated it's unlikely parents will be fined for not re-registering their child's birth.

It is possible for parents to face a small fine for not filling in the form, but Katharine says she's never heard of any such scenario.

She said: "Failure to re-register may incur a nominal £2 fine, but I’m yet to come across any parent who has been charged.

"I’m sure there’s a huge number of families who have no idea this requirement even exists."

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