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Civil partnership conversion

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 provides for couples in civil partnerships to be able to convert these to a marriage, if they choose to. Conversions are possible for couples who registered their civil partnership in England and Wales or overseas in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the law of England and Wales).  

Couples who wish to do so, are able to convert their civil partnership to a marriage. This has applied from Wednesday 10 December 2014.

The conversion can take place in two ways.

  • One -stage procedure. Couples attend any register office, or at other registration service points where a local authority has them, for an appointment with a superintendent registrar. They complete a declaration about themselves and their civil partnership,  and need to produce evidence of their name, date of birth, address and bring their civil partnership certificate. They and the superintendent registrar sign the decalaration and this converts the civil partnership into a marriage. No ceremony is involved.

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  • Two-stage procedure.

Stage 1. Couples attend any register office, or at other registration service points where a local authority has them, for an appointment with a superintendent registrar. They complete a declaration about themselves and their civil partnership,  and need to produce evidence of their name, date of birth, address and bring their civil partnership certificate. The declaration is not signed at this stage.

Stage 2. The declaration can be followed by a ceremony and can be signed at the same range of venues where a marriage of same sex couple can take place :

a) Register office

b) Approved premises  -  see Medway venues

c) Religious buildings registered for the marriage of same sex couples, where the conversion is followed by a ceremony under Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1946

d) Premises where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith or the Society of Friends is to follow the conversion

Couples who sign the declaration in a register office are usually expected to follow the one-stage procedure. However, if a couple wish to sign a declaration in a different district from where they provided details about themselves, they can do so under the two-stage procedure.

There are separate procedures for people who are seriously ill, housebound or detained.

A fee is payable for the conversion and for any celebration ceremony

Further details are available at GOV.UK

Should you require more information, contact the Register Office on 01634 33 88 99.