Information what civil partnerships are, how they differ from marriage, who can form one, what if your under 18, where can it be formed, what to do before formation and how is it formed.
Civil partnerships are the government's approach to giving similar rights to same sex couples as those enjoyed by married heterosexual (opposite sex) couples.
Civil partners will have equal treatment in a wide range of legal matters with married couples, including:
Civil partnership is a legal relationship, just for same-sex couples. There are a small number of differences between civil partnership and marriage, for example:
Two people of the same sex will be able to form a civil partnership as long as:
A young person who is 16 or 17 will need permission in order to form a civil partnership unless he/she is a surviving civil partner. He/she needs the permission of each parent with parental responsibility and any legal guardian. There are some instances when a young person aged 16 or 17 will need the permission of someone else as well as a parent or guardian. This will usually be where the local authority is involved in the young person's care.
Sometimes parental consent may be not be available, for example, where the young person does not know where one of his/her parents is. In these cases, the register office may waive the need for permission or a court can give the necessary permission. A young person may need to get legal advice. Parental consent may be refused. In such cases, the court can give the necessary permission. If a young person cannot get permission and decides to apply to court for the necessary permission, he/she should seek legal advice.
The range of places where civil partnerships can be formed is similar to that available for civil marriage. As well as a number of council venues we also have a number of approved venues such as hotels and stately homes which have been approved for civil partnerships. Any venue approved for a civil marriage will be deemed to be also approved for the purposes of civil partnership formations.
DirectGov website has a search facility for finding approved premises anywhere in England and Wales.
DirectGov - find a civil marriage or civil partnership venue (external website)
The following pdf document provides a list of approved venues within East Riding of Yorkshire.
Most of our council ceremony rooms have access to our web cameras facility, whereby friends and relatives who cannot be present on your big day can view the ceremony via the internet. You can even send your greetings by email. Please ensure that your message arrives in good time and supply details of names of couple and time of marriage, in order that we may deliver your message as soon as possible.
You can view images of the suites on the arranging a marriage ceremony page.
If you wish to hold a civil partnership celebratory ceremony at a private venue that has some special meaning to you such as your own home or garden this may be arranged, subject to a satisfactory assessment.
A couple must give formal notice of a proposed civil partnership to the local register office, even if they intend to register the civil partnership somewhere else. They can only do this once they have lived in the area for at least seven days. Each of them must give this notice in person. The notice must include where the couple wish the civil partnership registration to take place. The notice must also include a written declaration stating the following:
A valid British passport or:
£35.00 each person. This may be paid in cash, by cheque or credit or debit card.
Any one for the above identity documents.
If you were born after 1982 and do not hold a valid British passport, you will need to bring with you:
Full birth certificate and mother's birth certificate, plus one of the following:
Any of the above identity documents.
And if applicable:
Once the couple have given their notices, the register office must display some information about the couple for 28 days. The address(es) of the couple will not appear on this notice for reasons of privacy. The formation cannot proceed until the 28 day waiting period has passed for each of the notices. This is to allow any person to make an objection to a civil partnership if this is necessary.
We have a number of registration offices located through out East Riding of Yorkshire.
If one partner is subject to immigration control, there are additional requirements and the waiting period may in some cases be extended to 70 days.
Once the 28 day waiting period has passed, if there are no objections to the registration of the civil partnership and no legal reasons why it cannot go ahead, the register office will give the couple a legal document called a civil partnership schedule. The couple will need this in order to form a civil partnership. If the formation is to take place at the register office this will be kept there until the day of the formation. If someone has made an objection, the register office will not provide the couple with a civil partnership schedule until:
Either one of the couple may appeal to the registrar general against a register office’s refusal to issue a civil partnership schedule.
A civil partnership is formed when a couple have completed a formal registration process. Once the 28 day period has passed, if no valid objections have been made, the proposed civil partners are free to register a civil partnership within twelve months of the first notice being recorded. If they do not do this within this time limit, they cannot register without starting the process again. There are some circumstances where a civil partnership may be formed sooner than 28 days after giving notice, for example, where one of the partners is seriously ill and not expected to recover.
Two people are regarded as having formed a civil partnership once each of them has signed the civil partnership schedule in front of two witnesses and the civil partnership registrar. The witnesses and registrar must also sign the civil partnership schedule. A couple can get a civil partnership certificate when they formation has been entered onto the registration service's electronic register, although they must pay a fee for this. They can buy further copies later if they wish. There is no need to have any form of ceremony as part of the formation procedure. We do offer a range of civil partnership ceremonies from plain and simple to one specially put together. However, nothing religious can be included at the signing of the civil partnership document.
There are special rules for: