1. Overview

You can get married or enter into a civil partnership in the UK if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • free to marry, or form a civil partnership (single, divorced or widowed)
  • not closely related

You need permission from your parents or guardians if you’re under 18.

You don’t need parental permission if you’re under 18 to get married in Scotland.

Same sex couples can get married in England and Wales.

Only same sex couples can get civil partnerships.

From 10 December 2014, you can convert your civil partnership into a marriage.

Marriage in Scotland and Northern Ireland

There are different rules for getting married in Scotland and Northern Ireland.