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Somebody got married using my identity

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  • Somebody got married using my identity

    I'm hoping someone can help with advice on what I can do to correct this:

    In 2003, somebody stole my identity and got married in my name for the purpose of immigration marriage fraud. i found out about this in 2005 and reported it to the police, however the case was eventually closed due to a lack of evidence.

    Recently, in the process of getting married to my partner I found out from the General Register Office (GRO) that I am on their system as already married. I have contacted the GROs marriage casework team regarding my situation and received the following response:

    'We are unable to comment on the validity of a marriage where one of the parties may have assumed the identity of some other person and may have used false information to marry. However, our view is that it is the person who marries and not the identity and therefore the impersonator would appear to be legally married under English law as long as both parties had the capacity to marry and on the date of that marriage was using your details for that marriage'

    They further advised me to:

    'petition the courts for a Declaration of marital status under section 55 of the Family Law Act 1986'

    However, after a google search on this act I'm not sure it applies to my situation.

    I'm at a total loss as to what course of action I can take, any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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