If you’re married
You can stay married if you apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate, unless your marriage is registered under the law of Northern Ireland.
You and your spouse must fill in a statutory declaration saying you both agree to stay married.
You’ll get an ‘interim certificate’ if you or your spouse don’t want to remain married, or if neither of you fill in a statutory declaration. You can use the interim certificate as grounds to end the marriage.
If you live in England or Wales, you’ll only get a full certificate once you end your marriage.
If your marriage was registered in Scotland, you can use an interim certificate to apply to the sheriff court for a full certificate. You don’t need to end your marriage first.
Contact the administrative team at the Gender Recognition Panel if either you or your spouse change your mind about staying married during the application process.
If you’re in a civil partnership
You must end your civil partnership or convert it to a marriage if it was registered in England, Wales or Scotland. You can’t convert your civil partnership to a marriage if it was registered anywhere else.
If you decide to convert your civil partnership into a marriage you must do it before you apply to the Gender Recognition Panel.
You’ll be given an interim certificate if you’re still in a civil partnership when you apply to the Gender Recognition Panel. You must end the civil partnership before you can get a full certificate.
If both you and your civil partner are applying for gender recognition
Apply at the same time as your partner - tell the administrative team your applications are linked. You may both be granted full certificates on the same day if your civil partnership was registered in England, Wales or Scotland.
You can only get an interim certificate if your marriage or civil partnership was registered in Northern Ireland.
You must end your marriage or civil partnership before you can apply for a full certificate.
You can use the interim certificate as grounds to end your marriage or civil partnership.