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Civil partnership conversion

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 enables couples of the same sex to convert their civil partnership into a marriage where the civil partnership was formed in England, Wales or overseas at British consulates or by British Armed Forces personnel overseas where the couple elected England and Wales as the relevant law.

Once the civil partnership is converted into a marriage, the civil partnership ends and the couple is treated as having been married since the date the civil partnership was formed. The conversion from civil partnership into a marriage does not create a new legal status. Instead it converts one legal relationship (civil partnership) into another (marriage).

There is no requirement for parental consent(s), notice periods, witnesses, residential requirements or the reciting of statutory words as part of the conversion process.

The applicable fees are set out below:

This table shows details of civil partnership conversion fees.
Element Fee
Conversion of a civil partnership into marriage at the Register Office £45
Two-stage procedure on other premises
Completing the declaration
Signing a declaration in a religious building registered for the marriages of same sex couples £91
Signing a declaration at approved premises Please contact the Register Office for further information, as these fees are set locally.

If you are interested in a civil partnership conversion, please email or telephone 01952 382444 and we will be happy to assist you.

Last updated: 26/07/2022 16:39