Changes to legislation come into force on 2 December 2019 allowing civil partnerships for opposite sex couples. This means that a notice of civil partnership can be taken on or after 2 December 2019 allowing the first civil partnership to be formed from 31 December 2019.
Ceremonies can be held at any of our register offices or approved venues.
What civil partnerships are
Any couple that registers a civil partnership will have the same rights as a married couple in areas such as tax, social security, inheritance and workplace benefits.
Partnerships can be registered by 2 people who are:
- aged 16 years or over (with consent if under 18)
- not already married or in a civil partnership
- not closely related (eg parent, sister, niece or uncle)
To register your civil partnership you can attend any Register Office for a simple signing.
Alternatively you can have a ceremony. Once you've decided on the venue for your ceremony and arranged a date and time, you'll need to give notice of your intention to register at a register office in the district where you live.
Notice can be given up to 12 months before your civil partnership and no less than 28 days before. You must have lived in the area more than 7 days before giving notice.
Notices cost £35 each or £47 if one or both parties are subject to the Home Office referral and investigation scheme. If one or both parties are subject to the Home Office referral and investigation scheme the waiting period can be extended to 70 days by the Home Office to allow time for any investigations.
Everybody giving notice needs to have evidence of their name, sex, date of birth, nationality, marital status and current address. If you're subject to immigration control, you will also need to provide evidence of settled status too.
If you have been through a former marriage or civil partnership and the decree absolute or civil partnership dissolution documentation is outside the British Isles there is a non-refundable fee of £50 or £75.00 dependant on whether it can be cleared locally or referred to the General Register Office
The Partnership Ceremony
We can give guidance and options of what you want for your ceremony. You can include vows, exchange rings or gifts, have music and readings.
At the end of the ceremony, once the official form has been signed by you and your witnesses, the certificates of partnership can be produced. These are the legal documents which prove your new status.
All our ceremony information can be found in our Celebrations brochure.
Costs for the ceremony
Fees from 1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020
| Day|| Register Office|| Approved Venue|
|Monday - Thursday
| Sunday/Bank Holiday
- The fee for a civil partnership certificate is £11.
- A small statutory register office ceremony room for up to 4 people is available Tuesday and Thursday for the statutory fee of £46 at the Hertfordshire Register Office in Hatfield.
| Day|| Cost|
| Monday – Friday
| Sunday and Bank Holiday
- Anytime ceremonies can take place between 6pm and 9am.
| Day||Cost (Net)||VAT|| Cost|
| Monday - Friday
| Sunday and Bank Holidays
- For an Anywhere Ceremony you must be legally civil partners or have arrangements to have a legal civil partnership before the date proposed for the Anywhere Ceremony.
- The fee for the legal ceremony will be £46 and can take place at any Hertfordshire Register Office.
- 2020/21 fees (PDF 290Kb) opening in new window
Converting a civil partnership to a marriage
A fee of £45 will be charged for a conversion. Certificates can be issued after the conversion for a fee of £11 per copy.
You both need to go to any register office in Hertfordshire and give evidence of your identity and address as well as a certified copy of your civil partnership certificate.
If you want to have a ceremony to celebrate your new marital status, we can offer a Bespoke Conversion Ceremony. It can be held at any Hertfordshire register office or licensed venue in Hertfordshire. Call us on 0300 123 4045 for further details.
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