A lot of people know they can change from a civil union to a marriage but aren’t aware that they can also change their marriage to a civil union without dissolving their current relationship. As per our Government, You will need to complete some form and hold another marriage or civil union ceremony. So here are some things to help you along with the process.
Who can do it
You can stay in a relationship with someone but change:
- Your marriage to a civil union, or
- Your civil union to a marriage.
You don’t need to dissolve your current marriage or civil union, but you will need to apply for a new marriage or civil union licence and hold a marriage or civil union ceremony.
How you apply:
1. Complete the form:
You need to show evidence of your current marriage or civil union. This could be:
- A marriage certificate.
- The Copy of Particulars of Marriage from your ceremony.
2. Sign the form in front of a Registrar of Marriages:
You or your partner needs to take the notice to your local Registrar of Marriages in person so they can witness you signing the declaration. You need to do this at least 3 working days before your marriage or civil union ceremony will be held. Here is where you will find a registrar of marriages
3. What fees do i pay:
- $240 if you’re holding the new ceremony at a registry office, or
- $150 if you’re using a celebrant (the celebrant costs extra – you’ll pay them directly).
You can pay when you make your declaration by:
- Credit card
- New Zealand money order
- Cheque — Is payable to which registrar of marriages you’re making your declaration to.