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Partnership Act 2004 came into effect on 5 December
2005 and makes it possible for couples of the same sex to legally
form a partnership. A civil partnership is formed by the signing of
a schedule and this is usually carried out as part of a
ceremony. Find out all you need to know about how to
form civil partnerships on GOV.UK
To fulfil legal requirements, couples need to give
formal notice of their intention to register a civil partnership at
the register office in the district where they live.
Appointments are necessary for both giving notice of intention
to register a civil partnership and the registration itself.
In addition to registrations and ceremonies at the Medway
Register Office, they may also take place at other venues which have been
licensed. Fees vary
depending on which venue is used.
Effects of registering a civil partnership
- a duty to provide reasonable maintenance for a civil partner
and any children of the family
- the assessment of civil partners in the same way as spouses for
- equitable treatment for the purposes of life assurance
- employment and pension benefits
- recognition under intestacy rules
- access to fatal accidents compensation
- recognition for immigration and nationality purposes
Couples are not able to register if
- they are not of the same sex
- either of them is already a civil partner or lawfully
- either of them is under 16
- they are related to each other in ways specified by the
Convert a civil partnership into a marriage
From 10 December 2014 it has been possible to convert a civil
partnership into a marriage.