14 November 2023
Three year window to convert same sex civil partnerships to marriage
Three year window to convert same sex civil partnerships to marriage and different sex marriages to civil partnerships comes to an end.
There is less than a month left for Northern Ireland couples to convert same sex civil partnerships to marriage, and different sex marriages to civil partnerships.
A civil partnership or marriage can be formed at any time before a conversion, but the conversion must take place before the deadline set by the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Northern Ireland) (No.2) Regulations 2020, of 6th December 2023, although there are some limited exceptions.
The partnership or marriage must have been formed in this jurisdiction and the process to convert is free and may be carried out at any local registration office in the area where the couple wish. There may be a fee to attend outside normal working hours, and the cost of the actual ceremony may vary from venue and indeed Council area.
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