The Civil Partnership Act 2004 enables same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship. Couples who form a civil partnership have a legal status, that of 'civil partner'.
Civil partners have equal treatment to married couples in a wide range of legal matters, including:
Before you can enter into a civil partnership there are a number of legal requirements that must be satisfied.
By law each partner is required to give a legal notice which is a formal declaration of their intention to enter into a civil partnership. This must be done in person - a friend or relative or other agent is unable to do this on your behalf.
Both partners must give notice of civil partnership to the Register Office in the district where you live. You must have lived in the district at least seven days before giving notice. There is a standard fee payable.
You may choose to have your civil partnership at any register office within England and Wales, or at an venue that has been approved by the local authority for holding ceremonies. If you were to change the venue to somewhere other than as stated in your notice, it will be necessary to give and pay for fresh notices.
You cannot give a Notice of Civil Partnership more than one year before the planned date of the ceremony/formation. Your civil partnership cannot be registered until 16 days after you have given the notice.
If you wish to make a provisional booking to hold your ceremony and registration with Salford please telephone 0161 793 2500 to make an appointment. This will enable you to secure a day and time and plan for your special day in advance.
It will be necessary to make an appointment to give your Notice of Civil Partnership at Salford Register Office. Please telephone 0161 793 2500 to arrange a convenient time.
This page was last updated on 13 January 2017