This section covers marriages and civil partnerships in the United Kingdom. It explains how to get married or form a civil partnership in England and Wales.
Note: The United Kingdom recognises a civil partnership as a legal relationship between two people of the same sex.
UK MARRIAGE LAWS: Check out how to give notice of marriage at a local register office and how the ceremonies work.
According to the law, you can only get married or form a civil partnership in the United Kingdom, if:
Several other specific marriage laws also apply in England, Wales, and in Northern Ireland. For example, anyone under the age of 18 would require permission from their parents or their guardians.
Note: The UK recognises a civil partnership as a legal relationship between two people. But, only couples of the same sex can form a civil partnership.
Under UK law, as a same sex couple you would be able to:
Some of the rules for registering marriage and civil partnerships differ outside England and wales. Further reading is available through:
Note: The rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK will remain unchanged until 2021. The scheme to apply for settled status for EU citizens and their families beyond June 2021 starts in full from March 2019.
What are the most important things you need to do to get married? As a rule, you would need to follow these two steps for getting married or forming a civil partnership in England and Wales.
British nationals can get a marriage or a civil partnership abroad. But, you may need certain documents from the UK government to do so (e.g. a certificate of no impediment).
Find out who you need to contact if you are getting married abroad and which documents you might need.
As a rule, the UK will recognise an overseas marriage or civil partnership. But, you must follow the correct process according to the local overseas laws. If so, there would be no requirement to register it in the United Kingdom.
In some cases, you can give notice in the country where you are living. It would need to be one of the countries signed up to the 'British Subjects Facilities Acts'. Your partner must also be a resident of England or Wales.
Note: You would need to find a register office for the district where you intend to marry in England or Wales.
As a rule, you will need to give notice at your local register office. Check through a list of documents that you will need to take with you to the register office.
The section explains how foreign nationals can get married or form a civil partnership in United Kingdom. Find out how to give notice, what documents you need, and how much it will cost.
There are several different types of religious ceremonies that take place in the United Kingdom. Check where and when you can have a religious ceremony as part of a marriage or civil partnership.
The help guide explains the basic rules for having weddings and civil partnership ceremonies. Information covers the wedding vows, signing the register, and the cost of registering a marriage or civil partnership.
How to Get Married or Form a Civil Partnership in United Kingdom