Civil Partnerships Law

Civil partnerships are an increasingly popular method of solidifying one’s relationship and demonstrating your commitment to your partner. However, they can be difficult to navigate, so we have compiled a guide for the different steps and requirements involved for a civil partnership, and you can contact us for any help needed during the process.

What are the requirements to register a civil partnership?

  • Both partners are aged 16 or over, typically with parental consent if under 18
  • Living in the same area for over a week
  • Not related closely by blood
  • Not currently married or in another civil partnership.

Registering as Civil Partners

  • You must give notice to your local register office – even if you plan to register your partnership elsewhere. This is where the 7 days requirement comes from – you must have lived in the area for at least 7 days
  • You will need to provide various pieces of evidence, such as proof that you are unmarried/divorced, your birth certificate, passport, etc. If difficulties arise here, Sterling Law can help – particularly in the area of civil partnerships with someone under a form of immigration control
  • You must announce the intention publicly and give 28 days for objections – if there are none, you have the next 12 months to register. Congratulations!

Legal Aspects

  • Civil partnerships have an effect on your legal rights as a couple
  • Typically, these are very similar to those of marriage

If there are any legal issues within the civil partnership, Sterling Law has years of experience in both marriage and civil partnership law – contact us for help! This includes custody of children, property and financial ownership, and other factors.

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