Civil Partnerships

About Civil Partnerships

Civil Partnership registration is available for couples of the same sex.

The General Register Office has issued the following statement:

Civil Partnerships Supreme Court Judgement

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act which received Royal Assent on 26 March 2019 contains provisions for regulations to be made to extend eligibility for forming a civil partnership to opposite sex couples. The exact implementation date is not yet confirmed but the regulations must be in force by 31 December 2019. The regulations are being drafted by the Government Equalities Office as the department responsible for the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

The implementation date has not yet been confirmed but based on the current position the earliest date for taking a notice will be 31 December, with the first civil partnerships under the standard procedure able to be formed on 29 January 2020. 31 December is the deadline by which the regulations must be in force but it is possible the implementation date could be earlier. An earlier implementation would mean that notices would be able to be given ahead of 31 December and civil partnerships formed earlier than 29 January 2020.

We will post an update when we have further news.

Where can the ceremony be held?

 Registrations can be completed in any Register Office or approved venue.

What happens during a Civil Partnership Ceremony?

Each ceremony is unique to the couple. Working within the ceremony framework and with the Civil Partnership Registrar, we will help you create your own unique celebration by selecting words, poems and readings that hold a special meaning to you. 

Do we have to have a ceremony?

 No. Civil partnership registrations may be just a short signing, a small dignified ceremony or (by prior arrangement) an enhanced ceremony with additional vows, readings and music of your choice.

What happens during a Civil Partnership Ceremony?

Each ceremony is unique to the couple. Working within the ceremony framework and with the Civil Partnership Registrar, we will help you create your own unique celebration by selecting words, poems and readings that hold a special meaning to you.

How much does a Civil Partnership ceremony cost?

Check ceremony fees for civil partnerships at Brighton Town Hall and other approved venues

Ceremony checklist

Complete the ceremony checklist i you are registering your Civil Partnership in the Regency Room, or at one of the other approved venues in Brighton & Hove.

The checklist will be filed with your paperwork and help the Registrar to tailor your ceremony to your wishes.

Other frequently asked questions about ceremonies

Find the answer to any questions you may have about your ceremony

Get more information about civil partnerships on GOV.UK website

For more information on civil partnerships please phone 01273 292 016 or email ceremonies@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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