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Marriage and registration of civil partnership

Marriage ceremony

Civil marriages can be officiated by the heads of local register offices, district registrars or public notaries.

An investigation into the possible impediments to marriage is carried out before the ceremony. Further information on the investigation of impediments. The certificate of the investigation of impediments must be submitted to the officiator prior to the marriage ceremony. The bridal couple must be prepared to prove their identity before the ceremony. In addition, they must inform the officiator of the surnames they will adopt.

The marriage ceremony is short, but it can include live music or poetry readings, for example. At least two witnesses must be present at the ceremony.

Officiating a marriage ceremony during office hours and at the office is free of charge.

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Registration of civil partnership

A civil partnership can be registered by two persons of the same sex.

Civil partnerships can be registered by the heads of local register offices, district registrars or public notaries. Partnerships can also be registered at district courts.

An investigation into the possible impediments to registration is carried out before the registration at the local register office. Further information on the investigation of impediments.
The certificate of the investigation of impediments must be submitted to the local register office performing the registration prior to the registration. Couples registering their partnership must be prepared to prove their identity before the registration.

The registration of a partnership is a short ceremony, but it can include live music or poetry readings, for example. No witnesses are required at the ceremony.

The registration ceremony is free of charge during office hours and at the office.

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