Civil partnership is a legal commitment, which can be formed by two people of the same sex, giving them the ability to obtain legal recognition for their relationship. Same sex couples who form a civil partnership will be treated equally in a wide range of legal matters to opposite sex couples who enter into a marriage.
In order to form a civil partnership in the UK, the couple must:
- both be of the same sex
- not already be in a civil partnership or marriage
- be 16 years of age or older
- not be within the prohibited degrees of relationship
Additionally, as with marriages in England and Wales, individuals who are aged 16 and 17 will have to obtain the written consent of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) before forming a civil partnership.
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
From 29 March 2014 couples of the same sex can enter into a legal Marriage. If you are interested in marriage as an alternative to civil partnership then please view our marriage page.
If you have previously entered into a civil partnership you can now convert your partnership to a marriage.
Civil partnership ceremony
Your civil partnership can be conducted at our Register Office in Wellington or at one of our approved venues (licenced).
If you are interested in using our Register Office take a look at our photo gallery showing our bespoke designed ceremonies section with seating capacity for up to 60 guests. You can also take a virtual tour of our office. The Register Office is available Monday to Saturday.
Please also view a list of our approved venues to find a list of alternative hotel and venues within the borough for our staff to attend to perform your ceremony. Ceremonies can be performed at our approved venues on any day of the week, including Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Throughout every step of your journey we will offer you advice and guidance on how to make your special day a perfect and memorable occasion, personalised to your liking.
Once you have decided on the location of your choice please contact our office to check availability and what to do next.
The Notice of Civil Partnership
This is the legal preliminary to your civil partnership. Each party to the civil partnership will need to attend at the Register Office in person and give notice of their intention to become partners. This will be the case even when you live in the same registration district.
You will not have to attend together but will be encouraged to do so. The Notice has to be displayed in accordance with the law at the local Register Office for a minimum of 28 days.
The Superintendent Registrar for the marriage district will issue the authority for your marriage to go ahead but only when you have both given notice. A notice of marriage is valid for 12 months.
In order to give your Notice of Civil Partnership you will be asked to produce documents as evidence of name and age and residency. For example:
- a passport and either
- a birth certificate, or
- a driving licence.
- a utility bill (dated no more than 3 months before the notice date)
- a bank/building society statement (dated no more than 1 month before the notice date)
Other documents may also be acceptable. For example, in addition to the above a recent bank statement or utility bill that shows your current address. Or, if you have been previously married or in a partnership either an original Decree Absolute (issued after divorce), or an original death certificate of your former spouse/partner.
If you have changed your name by deed poll or statutory declaration you will be required to produce that document.
Each party to the partnership will be required to declare their nationality, to enable the Superintendent Registrar to advise you whether any further administrative procedure or legal requirements are needed to ensure the recognition of your partnership in the country of which you are a national.
What happens at a civil partnership registration?
A civil partnership will be registered once the couple has signed the civil partnership document in the presence of a registrar and two witnesses.
There will be words printed on the document which the couple will be able to read or say at the time of signing the document.
Civil partnership registration is an entirely secular process and the civil partnership act prevents any religious service from taking place during the statutory steps leading to the formation of a civil partnership.
The costs to hold a ceremony in Telford and Wrekin from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 are as follows.
|Notice of civil partnership||£35
|Statutory civil partnership ceremony in the Superintendent's Register Office (Monday to Friday, maximum of 6 people this includes yourself and two witnesses and the registration officers) (includes cost of certificate)||£50
|Statutory Marriage Ceremony in the Wrekin Suite Ceremony Room (Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings, maximum of 60 people)||£90|
|Enhanced/bespoke civil partnership ceremony in the Wrekin Suite Ceremony Room (Saturday afternoons) (maximum of 60 people)
(includes cost of certificate and enhancements to ceremony)
|Civil partnership ceremony in approved venue*||£315 (Monday - Thursday)
£405 Sunday and Bank Holidays)
|Cost of an additional civil partnership certificate issued after the day of the ceremony||£10
*Fees relate to the attendance of register office staff only, a separate charge will be payable to the venue (room hire, catering, etc.).
Please note: Civil partnership certificates are not issued on the day of the ceremony but will be posted to you the following working day, however if you would like a commemorative certificate on the day we are able to offer this at an extra charge of £10.
How do I book the Registrar?
Contact us on 01952 382444 and ask the Superintendent Registrar to check the availability of dates for you.
You can pre-book your ceremony at least two years in advance by paying a non-refundable booking fee, giving you the assurance that staff will then be available on your special day.