Civil partnerships allow same sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship and celebrate their commitment to one another.
All civil partnerships must be registered. Couples intending to form a civil partnership are required to give notice of their intention to form a partnership at their local register office before making any other arrangements.
Where can I form a civil partnership?
As with civil marriages, you can register a civil partnership at any register office or approved venue in England or Wales.
Couples may opt for a ceremony with their registration. However, although local authorities are required to provide a facility for the registration of civil partnerships, not all will offer ceremonies.
Who can form a civil partnership?
Same sex adult couples who are not in an existing registered partnership, not married and not closely related, can form a civil partnership.
Gay and lesbian couples will sign an official document in front of a registrar and two witnesses.
What rights will we have as a registered couple?
Registered couples will have new legal status as registered civil partners and will be protected by a package of rights as outlined below:
- Partners will be jointly assessed for income related benefits.
- Joint state pension benefits including the right to a survivor pension.
- Process to gain parental responsibility for each other's children.
- Civil partnership status recognised for immigration purposes.
- Exempt from testifying against each other in court.
- The right to register partner’s death.
- Eligible for bereavement benefits and compensation for fatal accidents or criminal injuries.
- Surviving partners recognised under inheritance and intestacy rules and have tenancy succession rights.
Fees and venues from April 2016 to March 2017
Knowsley Registration Service offer a variety of rooms at the office to suit all tastes, ranging from a small ceremony room for couples who wish to have their ceremony in a more personal environment to the unique garden gazebo.
Download the fees list.
Registrar attendance at approved premises in Knowsley
The following venues in Knowsley have been approved for civil marriages and civil partnerships;
- The Venue
- Knowsley Hall
- The Village Hotel and Leisure Club
- Suites Hotels Knowsley
Please contact us for further information. You will also need to contact your chosen venue to make arrangements for your ceremony.
Converting your civil partnership to marriage
If you are in a civil partnership, you can now convert it into marriage.
This follows a change in the law before Christmas and allows every couple the option to be married.
By doing so, you will receive a marriage certificate, which will show your marriage as existing from the date of your original civil partnership.
You can convert your civil partnership into marriage at Knowsley’s Register Office in High Street, Prescot. You can also arrange a ceremony at any approved premises in the borough.
To find out more information about converting to marriage – or arranging any other ceremony in Knowsley – please ring the Register Office on 0151 443 2900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org