Civil Partnership in Italy
Want to enter a civil partnership in Italy but not sure where to start? Take a look at this guide to all of the steps and paperwork needed to make your dream come true!
– COUPLES who enter a civil partnership must consist of two adults of the same sex, in accordance with the provisions of art. 1, section 2 of Italian Law 76/2016.
Couples are free to choose the municipality in which they wish to register a civil partnership, regardless of where they live .
Applications must be handed over to the registrar together by both members of the couple.
Each member of the couple must provide the following information in the application: name and surname, date and place of birth, nationality and place of residence.
They must also state that there are no impediments to the registration of a civil partnership.
– THE REGISTRATION PROCESS for a civil partnership in Italy is carried out by the registrar at the time when an application is made by a couple, after first ensuring that the legal requirements are met.
The following are recorded: the identities of the parties, the application made and the statements of the parties or their representatives.
At the end of the registration process, the record is signed by the registrar and the applicants.
CHECKS on the statements by the parties must be made within 30 days of the date on which the registration process was performed by the registrar.
From the end of that period (or before if the checks have been completed before the 30 days are over and the registrar has given the compulsory notification to the applicants), the parties can appear before the registrar to register a civil partnership.
Unlike with a marriage, for a Civil Partnership in Italy it is not necessary to publish the banns.
– In their applications to the registrar, FOREIGN APPLICANTS must include the document required by the Italian Civil Code: a declaration from the relevant authorities in the applicant’s home country showing that in accordance with the laws in force there is no impediment to a civil partnership.
– FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE NULLA OSTA of a Civil Partnership in Italy required by the Italian Civil Code, impediments regarding the sex of the parties are not taken into account.
If foreign applicants are citizens of countries that do not recognize civil partnerships or marriage between people of the same sex, and consequently a Nulla Osta is not issued, in place of the latter it is possible to use a certificate or another record that shows that the person in question is not already in a marriage or a civil partnership, or alternatively a declaration.
– THE DATE OF THE CEREMONY AND THE ROOM are chosen by the parties in accordance with the municipal regulations that are already in force for weddings.
– THE CEREMONY WILL BE PERFORMEDby the mayor, the delegated registrar or another person who is delegated by the mayor, such as a city councillor or a person chosen by the couple. The couple can ask for a person who is dear to them (such as a friend or relation) to be legally placed in charge of the ceremony.
– THE CEREMONY for a civil partnership in Italy involves the couple making a personal and joint public declaration that they want to register a civil partnership before the registrar and in the presence of two witnesses in the town hall or, on the couple’s request, in another location that is permitted by municipal regulations for marriages, in accordance with the same conditions.
The registrar (or the person delegated to perform the duty) must wear an Italian tricolour sash in accordance with the provisions of the Italian Civil Code.
The person performing the ceremony will identify the two parties and the two witnesses, then read the legal regulations regarding the reciprocal rights and responsibilities involved in a civil partnership.
– THE PROCEDURES for exchanging rings and the time when the person leading the ceremony or the couple can give speeches or engage in similar acts are not regulated by the law as they are for marriages, so the parties are free to make arrangements for these aspects with the person leading the ceremony.
– UNJUSTIFIED REFUSAL TO PROCEED by a registrar amounts to a crime of failure or refusal to perform official duties, pursuant to the Italian Penal Code.