Civil partnership enables same sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship under the Civil Partnership Act 2004. Registration of a civil partnership provides couples with rights and obligations which are similar to those acquired through marriage.
Who can register as civil partners?
You must be:
- the same sex
- at least 18 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent)
You must not:
- already be a civil partner or married
- be closely related (the Act gives details of prohibited relationships)
The Civil Partnership will be registered once each of you have signed the civil partnership schedule in the presence of the registrar and two witnesses.
A ceremony is not required but we would be pleased to offer a ceremony if you so wish. We have provided some samples of ceremonies.