The Civil Partnership Act came into force in December 2005, enabling same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship.
Vital events statistics are published in a number of releases each year. If however you require extra analysis that isn't already published, you can submit a request. Previous user requests are published here
More detailed finalised statistics on civil partnerships and civil partnership dissolutions in Northern Ireland, which include data by age of partners, place of civil partnership and geographical area are available from the Civil Partnerships and Civil Partnership Dissolutions Section of the Registrar General Annual Report.
Further provisional civil partnership statistics for more recent years are available from the Registrar General Quarterly Reports.
Detailed information on the quality of the civil partnership data is available from the Background Quality Report.