Civil partnerships

What are civil partnerships?

A civil partnership is a legal relationship which can be registered by two people of the same sex or opposite sex. Registering a civil partnership will give your relationship legal recognition.

If you wish to give a notice of civil partnership you will need to book an appointment through MyAccount.

Forming your civil partnership

You can form a civil partnership with or without a ceremony.

  • With a Ceremony - You can arrange a ceremony as long as its 29 days after you have given notice. To book a ceremony login or register for MyAccount.
  • Without a ceremony - 29 days after giving notice, you will need to book a further appointment at Wigan Registration Office to sign the schedule and receive your Civil Partnership certificate.

All options will be discussed with you during your appointment to give notice.

Converting a civil partnership into a marriage

If you have already had a civil partnership (formed in England or Wales) and you wish to convert it into a marriage then you can do so at any register office in England or Wales.

If your civil partnership was formed outside England or Wales, then we cannot convert it for you.

If you wish to have your conversion in the district of Wigan and Leigh then you need to book an appointment.

Types of conversion

You can have a simple conversion, where just the two of you attend and sign the declaration and convert there and then. You will be charged £45 for the conversion plus £11 on the day (by card only) for each marriage certificate you require.

You can also have a ceremony to celebrate your conversion at one of our offices or approved venues within the borough. The fees are the same as a ceremony fee.

When you contact us we can discuss all the options with you.

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