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 formation/ceremony

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.

Contact Register Office

Town Hall
Pinstone Street

S1 2HH