Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Prenuptials, living together and coronavirus

In this section you'll find information and updates related to coronavirus that are relevant to prenuptials and living together.

The UK's response to coronavirus is changing regularly and often very quickly. While we'll continue to make every effort to keep this page up to date, there may be short periods where what you read here is not the latest information available. Where possible we've tried to provide links to official sources, so you can check the current situation.

Getting married or entering into a civil partnership


Marriages and civil partnerships are not allowed during the second national lockdown, except in exceptional circumstances. After, it's possible the situation will revert to the pre-lockdown position, which was that they can take place, subject to the restrictions outlined in government guidance.


See for information on the restrictions in place affecting how marriage and civil partnership formation ceremonies may be held and celebrated.


Under phase 3 of Scotland's coronavirus route map, special physical distancing measures have been imposed relating to marriages and civil partnerships . See the National Records of Scotland guidance for more information.

Since the introduction of the Protection Levels Framework, additional restrictions apply to how weddings and civil partnerships can be celebrated, ranging from Level 0 where there is a 50-person limit, to the strictest Level 4 where only 5 people will be allowed to attend.

Northern Ireland

Marriages and civil partnerships can take place, but are subject to restrictions. See the nidirect website for more information. Detailed guidance, which is constantly being kept under review, on planning your day is available from the Executive Office.

Cancelled weddings and civil partnerships

See our Coronavirus (COVID-19) section for Complaints and disputes for information on your consumer rights if you've been left out of pocket by a venue after your event was cancelled.

Child access arrangements

For information on sticking to or changing child access arrangements during the pandemic, see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) section for Divorce, under the heading 'Child access arrangements'.

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