The Civil Partnership Registration Act, allowing same sex couples many of the benefits previously available only to married couples, came into effect on Monday 5 December 2005.
The registration of a Civil Partnership is for adult same sex couples, who are:
Couples that have formed the legal partnership will have new legal status as 'Registered Civil Partners' and be protected by a number of rights and responsibilities. The Married or Not website provides information on the legal differences between being civil partnered or not, along with direct links to additional sources of information and a directory of organisations providing expert advice.
The Surrey Registration Service welcomes this opportunity of sharing with you the delight and happiness of your civil partnership. We want it to be a happy and relaxed occasion as you make binding promises to each other in the presence of your invited guests and we will do everything we can to make your day go as smoothly as possible.
If you wish, you can, of course, just sign the legal document in the presence of your two witnesses. Alternatively you can choose to have a ceremony that can include extra words, music and/or a reading. Details are given in the pages below. Where there are any language difficulties you must arrange for a suitable interpreter to attend with you.