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Civil partnerships

Information for same-sex couples who seek legal recognition of their relationship in a civil partnership, and for same-sex couples arranging a civil partnership ceremony.

Civil partnership conversion to civil marriage

From 29 March 2014, the law has allowed for marriage ceremonies for same sex couples. The law also allows for those couples in a civil partnership the option to convert this to a marriage if they choose.

See the conversion of a civil partnership to marriage page for more details.

Civil partnership registration

A civil partnership registration can take place in a registration office or other premises approved by the local authority.

We offer two kinds of ceremonies for civil partnerships - a simple registration of your partnership for a statutory fee, and an enhanced ceremony.

The ceremony

This ceremony is personalised and can feature readings and music. It is available at any time in our offices, although charges vary according to the day of the week and the size of the room used. See our registration service fees page for the cost.

The civil partnership ceremony

The civil partnership ceremony must be entirely non-religious and by law cannot contain any religious readings or music. Two witnesses, aged 16 or over, will be required to sign the legal record of civil partnership.

For more information, see our ceremony bookings terms and conditions. Please also see these pdf icon notes for photography at civil partnership ceremonies [231kb].

Legal notice

By law, notice to marry or register a civil partnership must be given at a registration office in the district where you live.

Civil partnerships - frequently asked questions