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Is marriage just not for you or your partner? There are many reasons why couples choose not to marry.  Whether you live with your partner or live apart, you might still want the security of having your relationship legally recognised. A civil partnership offers many of the same benefits as a marriage, including the same inheritance rights. The government has proposed that, in the near future, opposite-sex couples who wish to form a civil partnership will be able to. At the moment, only same sex couples can form a civil partnership.

Deadlines and bookings

The deadline for the regulations to be in force is 31 December 2019. A date has not yet been confirmed and it’s possible the implementation date could be earlier. If the date is earlier it would mean that both partners could give notice ahead of 31 December and civil partnerships formed earlier than 29 January 2020. Any bookings we take for earlier would be provisional and cannot be guaranteed.

Who can form a civil partnership?

You can form a civil partnership if you are:

  • 16 or over
  • single, divorced or widowed
  • not closely related

Venues and locations

Where can you have a civil partnership ceremony?

  • Any approved venue
  • A registration Office
  • A religious premises where permission has been given by the organisation and the premises registered by the local authority

If you are thinking of having an opposite sex civil partnership, have a chat with one of our team to find out how to go about it on 0300 1234 181 or email us at ceremonies@registration.cornwall.gov.uk