Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013: Conversion of civil partnership into marriage


 

The provisions for couples to convert their civil partnership into marriage came into effect on 10th December 2014.


 

There are two processes available as set out below:


 

  • A standard procedure to convert a civil partnership into marriage  to be completed at the register office
  • An extended process where the signing of the declaration to convert a civil partnership into marriage can take place in the range of venues where a marriage of same sex couples can be solemnized.


 

The second of these options will allow those couples who wish to follow their conversion into marriage with a non-statutory ceremony to sign the declaration in the same venue where the ceremony is taking place. In these circumstances the completion and signing of the declaration will be split into 2 stages:


 

  • Stage 1: Providing the information for the declaration  - Completion of the declaration and checking the evidence of name, date of birth, address and the civil partnership. This will take place in the register office.
  • Stage 2: Completion of the conversion into marriage - Signing of the declaration by the parties and the superintendent registrar at the venue where the ceremony will taking place.


 

Where can the ceremony take place?


This can take place in:


 

  • Approved premises
  • Religious buildings registered for the marriage of same sex couples where a religious blessing or ceremony under Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1949 is to immediately follow the conversion into marriage. (This includes naval, military and air force chapels)
  • A place where a ceremony according to the Jewish faith or the Society of Friends under Section 46 of the Marriage Act 1949 is to immediately follow the conversion into marriage


 

The attendance of a superintendent registrar will be required at all conversions into marriage, including those on religious premises.


Fees and charges


Fees for couples to convert their civil partnership into marriage.