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Civil partnerships

Information on civil partnerships, how they differ from marriage, how to book a ceremony, how to end a civil partnership and how to convert a civil partnership into a marriage.

What are civil partnerships?

Civil partnerships are the government's approach to giving similar rights to same sex couples as those enjoyed by married heterosexual (opposite sex) couples. In 2013, UK Government passed legislation for same sex couples to get married.

Read more on the differences between civil partnerships and marriage at www.eastridingceremonies.co.uk (external East Riding website).

How do I arrange a civil partnership?

To start planning your civil partnership or wedding please visit www.eastridingceremonies.co.uk (external East Riding website).

What surname do I use after I have entered into a civil partnership?

A person may want to take his/her partner’s surname when they form their civil partnership. The civil partnership certificate can be used as proof of his/her new name. Many government agencies will accept this as adequate proof. However, some private companies, for example, a bank, may ask for a different standard of proof.

How would someone end a civil partnership?

A civil partnership will come to an end if you or your civil partner dies. If you want to end your civil partnership before one of you dies, you need to get permission from a court. There are different ways you can ask a court to end your civil partnership. You can ask the court to grant:

  • a dissolution order. Your civil partnership must have lasted for at least one year before you can apply for a dissolution order. a separation order. You don't have to wait until your civil partnership has lasted for a year before you can apply for a separation order
  • you can apply for a separation order at any time
  • an annulment.

Can we renew our civil partnership vows at a later date?

Yes, we can provide a bespoke renewal of vows ceremony. To find our more, please visit www.eastridingceremonies.co.uk (external East Riding website)

Can we convert our civil partnership into a marriage?

Yes, as long as it was registered in England, Wales or Scotland. You have two options, a simple one stage procedure consisting of the preparation and signing of a declaration at any registration office. Or, in option 2, you can organise a celebratory ceremony following the written declaration. For more information on what is involved in both of these options, please visit www.eastridingceremonies.co.uk (external East Riding website)

What happens if I or my partner wish to transgender?

You must either end your civil partnership or convert it to a marriage. If you choose to convert your civil partnership into marriage, you must do so before you apply to the Gender Recognition Panel. For full information, visit Gov.uk – Apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate (external website)

How can I licence my venue for ceremonies?

You can apply for an approved venue license if your venue meets certain conditions. Further information can be found on the approved premises for ceremonies page