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Marriage and civil partnerships

Giving notice of Civil Partnership

If you want to form a civil partnership you must both give notice at the register office in the area where you have lived for the eight days before giving notice, regardless of where you intend to form your civil partnership. Notices can be given up to 12 months in advance of your ceremony. A fee is charged for the notice. From 1 November 2017, foreign divorce documents will be considered for an additional fee. See below for further information about documents to take to the register office.

Documents to bring with you

You will be asked to produce certain documents depending on your individual circumstances. The type of documents we normally need are listed below.

  • evidence of identity, age and nationality, ideally a passport
  • proof of residence in the form of a utility bill or other official document which shows your home address
  • evidence of how any previous marriage or civil partnership ended, such as a divorce decree absolute or a death certificate. (If your divorce was heard outside of the UK there is an additional fee to consider your divorce document)
  • if either of you are subject to immigration control you will need to provide further documents
  • divorce documents
  • name and address of the venue

Please note that if you change the venue, or if the notices expire, fresh notices will have to be given and a fee will be charged.

Book an appointment

If you live outside of Cheshire West you should contact your local register office. You can find your local register office on the Gov.UK website.

If you are a resident in Cheshire West and Chester, you can enquire about booking an appointment with the team using our online form:

Make an enquiry

Civil Partnership schedule

If you are forming your civil partnership in Cheshire West and Chester but live outside the borough (and gave notice of civil partnership elsewhere), we will issue your schedule.

This document will be issued following the display of your civil partnership notices for a 28 day period. The schedule will contain all of the details required to complete a civil partnership registration and is used by the Registrar who officiates at your civil partnership formation.