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Partnership Act 2004 came into effect on 5 December 2005
and enables couples of the same sex to legally form a
A civil partnership is formed by the signing of a schedule but
this is usually carried out as part of a ceremony.
To fulfil legal requirements, couples need to give formal
notice of their intention to register a civil partnership at the
register office in the district where they live. There then has to
be a waiting period of 15 clear days before a registration can take
Appointments are necessary for both giving notice of intention
to register a civil partnership and the registration itself.
Couples wishing to register are able to make a booking by
contacting the Medway Register Office.
In addition to registrations and ceremonies at the Medway
Register Office, they may also take place at other venues which have been
licensed. Fees vary
depending on which venue is used.
Registering a civil partnership has many important effects and
- a duty to provide reasonable maintenance for a civil partner
and any children of the family;
- the assessment of civil partners in the same way as spouses for
- equitable treatment for the purposes of life assurance;
- employment and pension benefits;
- recognition under intestacy rules;
- access to fatal accidents compensation;
- recognition for immigration and nationality purposes.
Couples are not eligible to register if:
- they are not of the same sex;
- either of them is already a civil partner or lawfully
- either of them is under 16 or;
- they are related to each other in ways specified by the
Find out more about
civil partnerships on GOV.UK.
At the Medway Register Office we are committed to providing a
professional service of a high standard and we welcome your
comments. We invite you to complete a brief online
survey that will only take a few minutes of your time as your
feedback and views would be much appreciated.
We hope that our services are of the quality you expect but if
you are not happy with the standard of service that you receive,
the council operates a formal complaints procedure to look into
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