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Civil partnerships

Civil Partnerships are a way of giving couples the opportunity to enter into a binding commitment to each other.

Couples are required to give notice of intention to register at a local authority registration office.  Civil Partnership notice forms  may be obtained from any Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Scotland or you can download notices from

From 1 June 2021, it will be possible to submit notice of intention to enter a mixed sex civil partnership in Scotland. A notice period of 28 clear days is required, which means that mixed sex civil partnerships could take place from 30 June 2021 onwards.  

While 28 clear days is the minimum notice period required, it is advisable for couples to give ten to twelve weeks' notice of their intention to register a civil partnership, in order to allow sufficient time for the registrar to satisfy themselves that the parties are free to become partners.  

The ceremony can take the form of simply signing the register in front of the registrar and two witnesses, or the couple can opt for a ceremony designed to meet their wishes conducted by a Registrar or an approved celebrant from a religious or belief body.  You must by law submit notice forms and the associated documents, and pay the statutory fee to the Registrar in whose district you intend to be civilly partnered.  If you want to discuss your ideas further we are happy to assist you.

Access a full list of our Marriage and civil partnership fees.