What should you know about the Civil Partnership in Cyprus? | FAQ

Civil Partnership in Cyprus (FAQ)

The House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus on the 26th of November 2015 passed the law on Civil Partnerships conferring the possibility to “two heterosexual or homosexual persons” to conclude a “written agreement”, known as the civil partnership agreement.

What conditions must be met for the registration of a civil partnership?

The two parties must:

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • be capable to take such decision i.e. they must not suffer from any mental disorders, illnesses, addictions etc.;
  • give freely their consent, i.e. they should not be subject to any threats, pressure etc.

What is the procedure for the conclusion of a civil partnership?

The two parties must sign in person the relevant agreement before the Registrar in the district, where one of them resides or in the district of their choice, if they do not live permanently in Cyprus. Two witnesses of at least 18 years old and of sound mind must also co-sing the relevant agreement.

What documents are required?

Each party must present the following documents:

  • Identity card or a passport or any other equivalent travel document
  • Affidavit stating:
    • that he/she has not concluded any other marriage or civil partnership which is still valid;
    • that he/she is not aware of any impediment to the registration of the civil partnership between the parties;
    • that the required consent is granted.
  • Duly certified original or copy of a certificate, testifying his/her marital status (i.e. freedom to marry or to conclude a civil partnership agreement) or any other equivalent document.

The civil partnership enters into force on the date of its submission and as stated on the relevant certificate.

When is a civil partnership considered to be void?

  • in the case of another pre-existing and still valid marriage or civil partnership;
  • between relatives within the prohibited degrees of relationship;
  • between an adopted person and his/her adopter;
  • with a minor person (under 18 years old);
  • if the relevant procedure has not been respected (as described in Article 6 of the law);
  • in the absence of consent by one or both partners.

Only the court can issue an annulation order. Please note that a deadline of three (3) years from the conclusion of the civil partnership applies.

What is the procedure for the dissolution of a civil partnership?

A civil partnership can be dissolved in one of the following ways:

  • The partners can submit a common declaration in writing and in the presence of two witnesses, who should be at least 18 years old and of sound mind;
  • One of the partners can apply for the relevant Court Order, which shall be served to the other party;
  • Automatically in case of marriage between the partners.
  • Following the death of one or both partners.

What is the difference between a civil marriage and a civil partnership?

According to Article 4, the civil partnership confers the same rights as marriage, unless otherwise specified in the law. Generally speaking, the term “spouse” in the Cypriot legislation shall be considered equivalent to “partner”  with the exception of the law on the adoption.

For further details on the differences as specified in the Civil Partnership Law (2015), please get in touch with our Family lawyers, who can also provide you with any assistance you may require regarding the registration, the annulation, the dissolution of your civil partnership or advise you on any other related matters (financial, immigration, tax, pension, inheritance etc.).

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