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Civil partnerships and same-sex marriage

You may be able to book a provisional date and time for your ceremony with our registration and celebratory service team more than a year in advance.

You must check that registration staff will be available to conduct your ceremony before paying deposits or booking anything else. To do this, call 01522 782244 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am and 4pm on Saturdays.

There is no charge for this service and you’ll be sent a confirmation form giving you a date by which you must give the registration service your Civil Partnership Notice..

For more information on marriages and civil partnerships in the UK, visit GOV.uk

Civil Partnership Notice

You can give your Civil Partnership Notice up to twelve months before your ceremony day. This will confirm your provisional booking:

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TO GIVE CIVIL PARTNERSHIP NOTICE

You can also book an appointment by calling 01522 782244.

Same-sex marriages give you the same legal rights as the marriages of opposite sex couples.

Civil partnerships give you the same legal rights given to married couples relating to:

  • pensions
  • life assurance
  • recognition under intestacy rules
  • being able to register the death of a partner and arrange the funeral.

Civil partnership conversions

Conversions are available to couples who registered their civil partnership in England and Wales or overseas in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the law of England and Wales).

Couples will be able to convert their civil partnership into marriage using a one-stage or two-stage procedure where the conversion into marriage is followed by a ceremony.

The one-stage procedure

Couples attend any register office or local registration service point for an appointment with the superintendent registrar (or deputy). At this appointment, couples will complete a declaration with details about themselves and their civil partnership, together with evidence of their name, date of birth, address and civil partnership certificate. The couple and the superintendent registrar then sign the declaration.

The couple can also opt to say the declaration wording aloud to one another before signing, if they wish to do so. The conversion into marriage is registered on RON and a marriage certificate issued at a cost of £4 per certificate.

The two-stage procedure

Stage 1: Couples attend any register office or local registration service point for an appointment with the superintendent registrar (or deputy). At this appointment, couples will complete a declaration with details about themselves and their civil partnership, together with evidence of name, date of birth, address and their civil partnership certificate. There is a £27 fee payable per couple for this stage.

Stage 2: The signing of the declaration, which can be followed by a ceremony, can take place at the same range of venues where a marriage of same sex couples can occur:

  • Register office*
  • Approved premises
  • Religious buildings registered for the marriage of same sex couples (including military, naval and air force chapels) where a ceremony under Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1946 is to immediately follow the conversion into marriage.
  • Premises where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith or the Society of Friends is to immediately follow the conversion.

*It is expected that couples who wish to sign their conversion declaration in a register office would follow the one-stage procedure. However, should a couple wish to sign the declaration in a register office which is in a different district from where they provided the details about themselves and their civil partnership, then they can do so under the two-stage procedure.

The civil partnership does not have to have taken place in Lincolnshire for us to do a conversion nor do the couple need to be resident in Lincolnshire.

The ceremony may follow the conversion immediately or be on a different date and even in a different venue.

The cost of the conversion is £45, however, it is free if the couple formed their civil partnership when there wasn't the opportunity to marry (before 29 March 2014) and the appointment is booked between 10 December 2014 and 9 December 2015.

There is a ceremony fee for the two-stage procedure which is dependent on the venue and day of the week it takes place. This fee is then reduced by £45 if the civil partnership was formed before 29 March 2014 and the ceremony occurs between 10 December 2014 and 9 December 2015.

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Last updated: 13 July 2016

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