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Mixed-sex civil partnerships

On 2 October 2018 the Government announced plans to introduce civil partnerships for mixed-sex couples.

A new law to enable this change will come into force on 26 May 2019.  The existing civil partnership regulations must be amended to allow mixed-sex civil partnerships by the end of 2019 at the latest. 

There’ll be a consultation to look at areas such as parental rights, gender recognition, financial consequences etc.  Once that’s completed, the new regulations will be drawn up and come into force.  All the procedures and rules for registrars will be worked out during this period as well.

What we don’t know yet

We don’t know if the regulations will be ready earlier than 31 December 2019.  If they are we’ll make sure couples know about it as soon as we do.

We don’t know whether there might be changes to the current process of forming a civil partnership but this will be part of the consultation.

What we can do now

You can book a mixed-sex civil partnership to take place in 2020.

We think formations will be able to take place from the end of January 2020 – if that changes we will tell couples who have booked.

What we can’t do

At the moment there’s no mechanism to allow couples to give notice for a mixed-sex civil partnership - but once there is, we will contact all couples who have booked.

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