The Civil Partnership Act 2004 enables a same sex couple to
register as civil partners of each other.
Partnership is registered once the couple has signed a Schedule in
the presence of two witnesses and a Civil Partnership Registrar.
Whilst there is no legal requirement for any contractual words to
be exchanged the Registration Service is able to provide a ceremony
thus enabling a couple, if they wish, to celebrate their
Worcestershire offers a wide range of facilities in which
ceremonies may be held. These include registration offices as well
as over 60 approved venues throughout the county which have been
inspected, approved and licensed by the Registration Service
Arrangements for civil partnerships should be discussed with the
local Registration Office who will advise on the legal
Civil partners who can register a civil partnership are two
- Of the same sex
- 16 or over (with consent if under 18)
- Not already married or in a civil partnership
- Not closely related (e.g. Parent, Sister, Niece, Uncle)
- Can register a civil partnership
Having decided to register a civil partnership, notice of
intention to register that partnership must be given, in person, by
both parties. It would be usual for a notice to be given at the
Register Office closest to where each person lives, but a person
living in Worcestershire is able to give notice at any Registration
Office within the county if that proves more convenient. If a
couple live in different registration authorities, notice will need
to be given in both areas.
A notice of intention to register a partnership, once given, is
valid for 12 months. From the date it is electronically entered, a
period of 15 clear days must lapse before a civil partnership may
Ceremonies can take place at any of our Registration Offices in
Worcestershire or any of our Approved Premises.
When giving notice each party will need to provide proof of name,
age, residency within a registration area and nationality. If you
have been married before or been through a previous Civil
Partnership registration, you will need to produce evidence that
you are legally free to enter into another registration.
There is a wide variety of documents that may be accepted as
proof so couples are advised to check with their local Register
Office as to their suitability.
This page was last reviewed 25 July 2013 at 16:07.
The page is next due for review 21 January 2015.