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.
A civil partnership is formed once you have both signed the civil partnership schedule in the presence of two witnesses and the civil partnership registrar.
What is the difference between a marriage and a civil partnership?
There are a few notable differences: a marriage is formed by vows, whereas a civil partnership formation is made legally binding by signing the civil partnership schedule. Marriages are ended by divorce, whereas civil partnerships are ended by dissolution.
View further information on the difference between a marriage and a civil partnership in England and Wales.
Civil Partnership Formation
The registration of a civil partnership has a simple format which is known as a civil partnership formation when you sign the civil partnership schedule in the presence of your 2 witnesses and a Registrar. A civil partnership formation does not include any exchanging of words or promises.
Civil Partnership formations are only available at Wigan Life Centre on Wednesday mornings.
Civil Partnership Formation with a ceremony
Although a Civil Partnership ceremony is not part of the legal requirement, if you do want a ceremony with your Civil Partnership formation then this option is available at any of our venues.
With a ceremony, you will be able to say personal words to each other, exchange rings and include readings and music that are personal to you both. Your ceremony can be attended by family and friends.
Civil Partnership Ceremonies are not available at Wigan Life Centre on Wednesday mornings.
Book a civil partnership formation or ceremony and an appointment to give notice
By law, you need to give notice of your intention to form a civil partnership.
You must have a Civil Partnership Formation/Ceremony booked before you make your appointment to give notice of civil partnership. You will not be able to proceed with the online booking unless your Civil Partnership Formation/Ceremony has been booked.