Civil Partnerships

Your rights are the same whatever ceremony you have

You don’t need to exchange vows for a civil partnership, but you can do so if you wish.

You, your partner and two witnesses must sign the schedule. 


You can choose to have a ceremony or not.

If you want a ceremony, you can have this at a Register Office or a licensed venue. Such as a hotel.

Partnership rights

When you’re in a civil partnership, you have partnership rights. These include:

  • Social security and pension benefits, including the right to benefit from a dead partner’s pension.
  • Recognition under inheritance rules.
  • Ability to succeed tenancy rights.
  • Next-of-kin visiting rights in hospital.
  • Ability to gain parental responsibility for each other’s children.
  • Right to register your partner’s death.