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Civil Partnerships - your questions answered

Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked by couples approaching their special day. If you would like to discuss your ceremony with the ceremony co-ordinator please book an appointment.


Can I convert my civil partnership to a marriage?

Answer

Yes you can.

Can we change our name after a Civil Partnership?

Answer

Yes, your civil partnership schedule can be used for this.

Do I have to have a ceremony?

Answer

No, there is no legal requirement to have a ceremony

Do I need two witnesses?

Answer

Yes two witnesses will be required to witness you both signing the Civil Partnership schedule.

Do we get a civil partnership certificate?

Answer

Yes but this will be posted to you the following working day.  However, there is the option to have a commemorative certificate presented to you at a ceremony. 

How much is a civil partnership?

Answer

Ceremony fees depend on the day, date and venue of the ceremony.

What documents do I need for a Civil Partnership?

Answer

Find out which documents you will need.

What happens at a Civil Partnership registration?

Answer

If you choose not to have a ceremony you will be required to check the details on the schedule, read the legal words and sign alongside your two witnesses.

What’s the difference between a Civil Partnership and a marriage?

Answer

The information can be found on the gov.uk website.

Who can have a civil partnership?

Answer

The information can be found on the gov.uk website.