Civil partnerships

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005 and enables same sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship. Couples who form a civil partnership have a legal status, that of 'civil partner'.

With the introduction of the new provisions to the Marriage Act, introduced in March 2014, it is now possible for same sex couple to be married, making the necessity for Civil Partnerships effectively non-existent. While Civil Partnerships are still available at this time, same sex couples wishing to enter into a legal union are advised to see instead the pages on marriage.

Further information about civil partnerships is available on the Gov UK website.

You may register a civil partnership if you are both:

  • of the same sex
  • 16 or over (with consent if under 18)
  • not already married or in a civil partnership
  • not closely related (eg. parent, sister, niece, uncle)

How to organise a Civil Partnership

Once you've decided where and when you want to register your civil partnership, check availability with the superintendent registrar. Before your civil partnership is registered you must each give your notice in the area where you normally live.

Doncaster Registry Office offers a civil partnership ceremony, within the office or at one of our Approved Premises. A fee is payable for registering a civil partnership.

More information can be found by contacting Doncaster Register Office:

Please note: You do need an appointment to give your notice.

Last updated: 30 April 2019 13:25:05