The Civil Partnerships (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019, which extend eligibility for forming civil partnerships to opposite sex couples, were approved in Parliament and made on 5 November 2019. The regulations came into force on 2 December 2019.

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Notices of marriage must be given at least 29 days prior to the ceremony date and no more than 12 months in advance. Standard notice appointments in Wolverhampton are currently available on Tuesdays only, you can check availability and book the appointment yourselves here. We are currently booking appointments approximately 4 months in advance. If your planned ceremony date is scheduled before there is availability please contact us directly on 01902 555777.

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5th December 2005 and allows same-sex couples to have their relationships legally recognised. It confers similar rights and responsibilities as civil marriage across a wide range of legal matters.

A civil partnership is formed when a couple sign a document in the presence of a civil partnership registrar and two witnesses. Couples may choose to hold a ceremony alongside the legal signing. The cost is the same whether you hold a ceremony or choose to just attend with your witnesses to sign the schedule.

Civil partners will enjoy most of the same state pension rights as husbands and wives. Entitlement will further extend to schemes that currently pay survivor benefits to widows and widowers. Equal rights for civil partners will also extend into areas such as childcare and maintenance, property inheritance and life assurance.

In the event of the breakdown of a relationship, the dissolution of a civil partnership can be sought through due legal process. In such circumstances, the court will have the power to deal with any resulting matters of property division or maintenance.