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Opposite sex civil partnerships

Information on opposite sex civil partnerships

Published: 25 January 2021

Last updated: 25 January 2021

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act received Royal Assent on 26 March 2019, and extended eligibility for forming a civil partnership to opposite sex couples. The first opposite sex civil partnerships took place on 31 December 2019.

You can read more on the difference between a marriage and a civil partnership by going to Gov UK website

A civil partnership does not require a ceremony therefore you can choose to sign the schedule in front of two qualified witnesses by booking a statutory ceremony appointment (subject to availability).

If you wish to combine the signing with a full ceremony then you will need to book a venue and registrars ahead of booking an appointment to give your legal notice of intention.