Last updated
25 Jan 2022

On 21 March 2022, what is your legal marital or registered civil partnership status?

How do I answer this question?

Select one option only. This question is asking you about your legal status on 20 March 2022.

I was divorced or widowed but I have since remarried. Which option do I select?

You should answer based on your current status. If you were divorced or widowed and have since re-married, select ‘Married’.

My partner and I live together as a married couple but we are not legally married. Which option do I select?

Your answer should relate to legal status only. If you are living with your partner but are not legally married or in a registered civil partnership, this is not a legal marital or civil partnership status and should not be included. You should select one of the other options as appropriate.

What is a civil partnership?

A civil partnership is a legal registered relationship between two people. It gives them similar rights and responsibilities to a marriage.

I am married to a person of the same sex but it is a marriage, not a civil partnership.  How do I answer?

If you have registered a legal marriage, then you should answer ‘Married’.

I registered a marriage or civil partnership in the last few days. I have not received the certificate and do not know if it is registered yet. What option do I select?

You do not need the certificate for your marriage or civil partnership to be official. What is important is that your ceremony was legal in the United Kingdom.

If so, select either:

  • 'Married' or
  • 'In a registered civil partnership'

I registered a marriage or civil partnership outside of the UK. What option do I select?

If your marriage or civil partnership is legally recognised in the United Kingdom select ‘Married’ or ‘In a registered civil partnership’.

What if my marriage or civil partnership has been annulled?

How you should answer this question depends on why your marriage or civil partnership was annulled.  When the court grants an annulment, it may say that your marriage or civil partnership was either:

  • void - in effect, the marriage or civil partnership never existed
  • voidable - this means the marriage or civil partnership was valid at the time it was registered but it is not valid any more.

If your marriage or civil partnership was annulled because it was void, select your legal marital status from before the void marriage or civil partnership.

If your marriage or civil partnership was annulled because it was voidable, select 'Divorced' or ‘Dissolved civil partnership’.

Whether the court will say your marriage or civil partnership is void or voidable depends on the circumstances.

Civil partnerships or same sex marriages formed in Scotland cannot be voidable. However, those formed in England and Wales can be.

 

Why is there not an option to select ‘single’?

There is no option for ‘single’, as this is not a legal status. If you have never registered a marriage or civil partnership, select ‘Never married and never registered in a civil partnership’.

Why is this question asked?

Information on legal marital or civil partnership status is important for the provision of housing and the planning of local services. It helps to understand changing patterns of:

  • marriage
  • civil partnerships
  • partners living together
  • household formation

Marital or civil partnership status is protected by the Equality Act 2010.

The Scottish Government and other public bodies will use this information for:

  • equality impact assessments
  • informing policies and practices
  • informing decisions on housing
  • planning of local services.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered for everybody who is aged 16 or over.

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