What are civil partnerships?
A civil partnership is a legal relationship which can be registered by two people of the same sex. If you are in a same-sex relationship, registering a civil partnership will give your relationship legal recognition.
Civil partnerships are not the same as a same sex marriage. If you wish to arrange a same sex marriage, see the giving notice of marriage page.
If you wish to give a notice of civil partnership then you will need to book an appointment.
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 can not 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 marriage ceremony fee.
When you contact us we can discuss all the options with you.
Civil partnership for opposite sex couples
Regulations to allow opposite sex couples to form a civil partnership received Royal Assent on 26th March 2019.
The exact implementation date is not yet confirmed but the regulations must be in force by 31st December 2019, which is the earliest date for taking a notice, enabling the first civil partnerships to be performed on 29th January 2020.
Although the current deadline date for regulations to be in force is 31st December 2019, it's possible that the implementation date is earlier. Due to this uncertainty, you will not be able to make an appointment for a notice of civil partnership or book a ceremony date and time until the General Register Office have issued the implementation date.