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Civil Partnership

Giving notice

  • Couples must give formal notice of their intention to register a civil partnership.
  • The notice must be given at the register office (or other office nominated by the local authority) for the area in which the couple have lived for seven days. If the couple live in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, notice can be given at the Maidenhead register office by appointment 01628 796422
  • From 6 April 2010 the cost, per person, of giving notice is £35.00 per person.

After notice given

  • After notice has been given there is a 15-day waiting period before the schedule (authority for the partnership registration to take place) can be issued
  • The authority will last for 12 months but is restricted to the venue for which it is issued. If the authority expires before the registration is completed or you wish to change the venue then new notices will have to be given
  • In cases where one of the partners is seriously ill and not expected to recover then it is possible for the 15-day waiting period may be waived, but please seek advice on this point by contacting the register office.

Register a civil partnership

  • In order to register a civil partnership same sex couples must be over 18 (or provide evidence of consent if aged 16 or 17), not related to each other within the prohibited degrees of relationship and free to register (eg. not in an existing marriage or civil partnership)
  • Couples will also be able to enhance their civil partnership registration with a partnership ceremony, which can include special vows, poetry, readings, messages of celebration and music
  • The civil partnership may be registered at the register office in Maidenhead or couples may be able to register at one of the many venues currently approved by the Royal Borough or other District for civil marriages. Each venue has licensed rooms, where registrations and ceremonies may take place. Details of the licensed venues in the Royal Borough
  • If you wish to book a registration and / or ceremony in the register office, please telephone our main booking number 01628 796422 or email: registrar@rbwm.gov.uk.
  • If you wish to book a registration and ceremony at any of the other licensed venues then you will need to arrange this direct with the venue concerned and then check availability of a Registrar for your chosen date and time
  • Venues for civil partnership and full details of legal requirements, please refer to the gov.uk website.

Convert your civil partnership to marriage

The marriage (same sex couples) Act 2013 provides for couples in civil partnerships to be able to convert these to a marriage, if they choose to.

You will only be able to convert your civil partnership to marriage, if you registered it in England and Wales, or overseas in a consulate or armed forces base (where the civil partnership was registered according to the laws of England and Wales).

This process is free of charge until 9 December 2015 unless you registered your civil partnership after 29 March 2014.

There is no obligation to convert your civil partnership to marriage and we suggest you take legal advice if you have any queries about the differences between civil partnership and marriage, as we are unable to advise on this matter.

Couples have 2 choices

Option 1 - in a register office

  • You must both attend an appointment, in person, at any registration office of your choice. Even if you did not hold your civil partnership in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, you can still come here for your conversion
  • You will need to bring proof of identity, proof of your address, and a copy of your civil partnership certificate
  • You will fill in an application form in the office.

You then

Sign the form which states that you have not dissolved your civil partnership and you both want to convert it to marriage. The Superintendent Registrar will then register your marriage and a certificate of conversion-to-marriage will be issued immediately.

This is a very simple administrative procedure and has no ceremony attached to it. The charge for this process is £4 for each copy of the conversion to marriage certificate that you require.

Option 2 - in a venue licensed for same sex marriages

  • Please remember that you need to book the registrars and the venue first
  • If you hold your ceremony at a venue other than the Maidenhead ceremony room, we will not be able to issue a conversion to marriage certificate immediately following the marriage celebration ceremony. This will be posted out to you the following working day
  • You must both attend an appointment, in person, at a registration office of your choice. Even if you did not hold your civil partnership in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, you can still come here for your application. You can do this up to one year in advance of your ceremony
  • You will need to bring proof of identity, proof of your address, and a copy of your civil partnership certificate
  • You will fill in an application form in the office
  • You then hold a ceremony at a venue licensed for same sex marriages, and sign the form there. The charge for this process is £27.

Charges

Marriage celebration (civil partnership conversion) in the Maidenhead ceremony room, Town Hall, Maidenhead

1.4.2014 - 31.3.2015

1.4.2015 - 31.3.2016

Monday to Thursday

£120

£135

Friday and Saturday

£195

£215

Marriage celebration (civil partnership conversion) in a licensed venue

1.4.2014 - 31.3.2015

1.4.2015 - 31.3.2016

Monday to Thursday

£415

£430

Friday and Saturday

£470

£485

Sundays and Bank Holiday

£535

£555

Plus £4 per copy of your conversion to marriage certificate.

To book an appointment for your civil partnership conversion, please phone 01628 796422 or email: registrar@rbwm.gov.uk.

Register Office - The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF
01628 796422 : registrar@rbwm.gov.uk


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