If you are a same sex couple and wish to formalise your relationship, you can do this by either registering a civil partnership or a marriage. A civil partnership enables same sex couples to become next of kin to one another and have the same rights and privileges awarded to married couples.
From 29 March 2014, the law has allowed for marriage ceremonies for same sex couples. Civil partnerships remain following this change and are still available as an option to same sex couples.
From 10 December 2014, the law will be further changed to giving all those in a civil partnership the option to convert this to a marriage if they choose to.
Find out more about converting your civil partnership into marriage
Registration officers are unable to advise couples on whether to choose a marriage or civil partnership, or if they should convert their existing registration, this is really a personal choice.
Who can register a civil partnership
If you wish to enter a civil partnership, you and your partner must be -
- of the same sex
- not already in a civil partnership or lawful marriage
- not closely related to one another such as parent, brother, nephew or uncle
- aged 18 or over (or provide consent if aged 16 or 17)
If one or both parties do not hold British or EU citizenship, you must seek Home Office approval before giving notice.
Before registering your civil partnership, you must first ‘give notice’ of your intention at the register office in the district in which you live. You are required to have lived in the district for at least eight days before giving notice. A notice fee must be paid at the time of giving notice. A civil partnership notice is different to a marriage notice and as such couples must be clear of their intention when attending an appointment.
Find out how to giving notice
You can form a civil partnerships at Hull register office or any of our approved licensed premises.
Find out more about approved venues in Hull
Civil partnership registrations may be a short signing (with no speaking or formal ceremony), a small dignified ceremony or a longer ceremony including promises, a reading and music of your choice (by prior arrangement).
The only legal requirement is that the couple attend before an authorised civil partnership officer and sign the registration in the presence of two witnesses. Partnerships can only be formed between the hours of 8am and 6pm (the same applies to marriages).
Find out the fees for registration in Hull Register Office or at an approved venue