Legal Preliminaries

Giving notice of your intention to form a Civil Partnership.

Before you can form a Civil Partnership in a register office (or approved premises) in England and Wales you must both give notice of your intention to form a Civil Partnership.

Legal notice may be given up to 12 months before the date of the Civil Partnership. The notice is a legal statement which can only be signed by the persons forming a Civil Partnership, so you cannot ask a friend or relative to give notice for you.

The following conditions apply to giving notice of your intention to form a Civil Partnership

You must both have lived in a district in England and Wales for seven days before the date you both give notice of your Civil Partnership. If you both live in the same district it is recommended that you attend the register office together to give your notices.

If you live in a different district to the person you are forming a Civil Partnership with you must each give notice in the appropriate district.

You can form a Civil Partnership in any register office (or approved premises) in England and Wales.

If you choose to form a Civil Partnership in a register office (or approved premises) other than where you live, you must first contact the Superintendent Registrar of the district where you would like to form a Civil Partnership, to seek advice.

After you have given notice, you must wait at least 15 days before your Civil Partnership can take place.

Your Civil Partnership must take place within 12 months of the date you give notice. A fee will be charged for giving each notice.