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Living together and marriage

Settling down with your partner is an exciting step, but it is important to make sure you understand your relationship’s legal status.

These pages explain the legal differences between living together and getting married. You can also find out how to get married.

Getting married

Information on who can get married, where marriages can take place, civil and religious services, marriages by proxy, bigamous marriages, polygamous marriages, forced marriages and second marriages.

Registering a civil partnership

Link to nidirect website giving information on registering a civil partnership.

Living together and marriage: legal differences

Differences between how the law treats married and cohabiting couples including financial matters, responsibility for children and housing.