If you’re in a same-sex relationship, you can get legal recognition for it even though same-sex marriage is illegal in some parts of the United Kingdom. A couple can file for a civil partnership and receive many of the same benefits as a married couple. If you decide to file a civil partnership, here are the steps that you need to take.
What Is a Civil Partnership?
A civil partnership provides same-sex couples with legal recognition in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales because same-sex marriage is not legal. The main difference between a civil partnership and a marriage is that a partnership is purely a civil process and a marriage can be either a civil or religious ceremony.
Civil Partnership Requirements
If a same-sex couple wants legal recognition for their relationship, they can file for a civil partnership. However, they must meet some requirements before they can legally file for a civil partnership. These requirements include:
- Both people need to be at least 16 years old but 16- or 17-year-olds will usually need written permission from their parents or guardians to file civil partnerships.
- The partners are not close blood relatives.
- Both people have lived in the same area of England or Wales for at least seven days.
- Neither party is already in a civil partnership or married.
In case you cannot get consent from your parents for a civil partnership because you cannot find them or they won’t give you permission, you can go to court to seek permission to enter into a partnership. If you do, you should hire a family law solicitor from a law firm in Twickenham.
Entering a Civil Partnership
There are two steps to entering into a civil partnership. The first step is to give notice of your intention to enter a civil partnership and the second step is to register the civil partnership. To give notice about entering the partnership, you would both go to the register office where you live and provide them with certain information.
The register will ask where you plan to register the civil partnership and then ask both of you:
- Your names.
- Your a
- Your a
- Your nationalit
- Whether either of you has been married or in a civil partnership before.
You will need to provide documentation as evidence that the information you’re providing them is accurate. You should bring a passport, birth certificate, and the divorce decree absolute or the death certificate of a former partner if you were in a civil partnership or were married before. Once the intention is registered, the details can be made available for people to see for 28 days, allowing for objections to be made.
Once the 28 days have passed and there have been no objections, the couple can then register their civil partnership. They have 12 months to register but if they don’t do so and the 12 months elapse, the process will need to start over again. The process for same-sex couples to register a civil partnership is easy; it just requires some patience.