A Quick Simple Guide To Explain What A Civil Partnership Is

While the essence of a civil partnership is legal recognition of a relationship between two people, there is more information we should be aware of, such as what is required to form one and the costs involved. It can seem confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. We can help.

This blog post has all the info you need to know and the good news is, Hargate Hall is the perfect location for your civil partnership.

The origin of the Civil Partnership

Civil partnerships were introduced in the UK back in 2005 with the aim of providing same-sex couples with legal protection and acknowledgement. This was amended in December 2019 to allow couples of the opposite sex to do the same.

How to form a Civil Partnership

For the partnership to be legally recognised, couples are required to register their civil partnership in front of two witnesses and a registrar and ensure all the requirements are met.

The necessary requirements to register for a civil partnership include:

  • The couple both being sixteen years of age or over.
  • Neither person being already a civil partner nor married.

The Citizens Advice website is a great place to explore the full details and conditions.

First, you have to acknowledge your intention to register or give notice. This should be done in person at a local register office. Have some documentary evidence on hand, such as your passport, to help with the personal details. You’ll also be asked about when and where your partnership is to be registered.

There is then a 28-day wait before you can register. This is to provide the opportunity for any objections surrounding the partnership to be voiced. The registration can be done in any venue that has been approved to register civil partnerships. A list of these can be found here.

How much does a Civil Partnership cost?

You have to pay a fee in order to give notice of your plan to register the civil partnership, as well as a registration fee. However, this fee is dependent on the venue where you wish to register the partnership, so it does vary depending on where you live, and the wedding venue you choose.

Civil Partnerships vs Marriage

While the two share similarities, it’s also important for us to be aware of the differences.

Marriage is cemented by vows, and a civil partnership is formed by signing the civil partnership document or schedule. While marriage is ended through divorce, a civil partnership has to be ended by obtaining a dissolution order.

According to the most recent available statistics released in December 2021, there was a total of 8,351 civil partnerships formed within England and Wales in 2020. Civil partnerships continue to provide a path for couples to legally acknowledge their relationship, without having to declare it as a marriage. The clearer we are on the details of the process, the more aware we can be of our options, and we can sit back and enjoy the special day!

Forming your civil partnership is a special way to show your commitment to one another and your civil ceremony will be one of the most important days of your life. So, at Hargate Hall, we are fully licensed to provide civil partnerships in Buxton and will ensure that you enjoy your dream day. Set in private grounds, Hargate Hall is those most wonderful backdrop for your civil partnership ceremony in Buxton, from small to large wedding parties, we can accommodate up to 150 guests. So, should you be planning a host of festivities to celebrate your civil partnership, or something more intimate, Hargate Hall is an idyllic place for your big day. You can call us on 01298 872591. Or email us at info@hargate-hall.co.uk with the dates you’d like to book, and we’ll get straight back to you.