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The Civil Partnership Act 2004, which applies throughout the UK and came into force on 5 December 2005, allows same sex couples to register a civil partnership.
On 28 July 2020, the Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2020 became law. This Act makes provision for mixed sex couples to register a civil partnership.
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.
Please contact the Registration Office if you would like more information or to make a booking.
Any two persons, regardless of where they live, may register a civil partnership in Scotland provided that:
You can read more about mixed-sex civil partnership on the Scottish Government website.
Please see the following guidance from National Records of Scotland on how to change a civil partnership into a marriage.
The Scottish Government is preparing regulations which will allow married couples to change (convert) their marriage to a civil partnership if they so wish. It is intended that these regulations should be introduced in late 2021.
A civil partnership may be registered by a district registrar or an assistant registrar or a religious or belief celebrant who has been authorised by the Registrar General for that purpose or whose religious or belief body has been prescribed in regulations under the Civil Partnership Act 2004.
For more information, please refer to the web pages below:
Speirs Centre, Primrose Place, Alloa, FK10 1AD
Tel: 01259 723850 / 450000 Fax: 01259 723365