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Getting married or celebrating a partnership

Une jeune mariée tient un bouquet de fleurs coloré lors de son mariage.

Heterosexual and homosexual couples have the possibility of having their union recognised officially. This section provides you with useful information concerning the conditions and impacts of a civil marriage or registered partnership as well as the places where these can be celebrated in the City of Geneva.

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Getting married in Geneva

This section presents all the information useful to couples wishing to celebrate a civil marriage in Geneva. It explains the procedures to be followed, the conditions and documents required and the different matrimonial regimes possible. It explains any legal impacts of the marriage, in particular concerning surnames, children, nationality or taxes.

Having your status as a couple recognised by means of a partnership 

In Geneva, couples can have their conjugal life and status as a couple recognised by means of two types of partnership: the Cantonal partnership Geneva, which has a more symbolic value, and the registered federal partnership. This section presents the two types of partnership in detail and explains how the conditions and impacts of these partnerships differ.

Federal registered partnership

In effect throughout Switzerland since 1 January 2007 and reserved for couples of the same sex, the federal registered partnership leads to a change in marital status and grants the partners genuine rights (in particular with regard to inheritance) by basing their status on that of married couples. Governed by a federal law, it can have legal impacts, in particular with regard to surnames, taxes or inheritance.

Cantonal partnership Geneva

The cantonal partnership Geneva enables homosexual or heterosexual couples to have their cohabitation and their status as a couple recognised. It has only symbolic or limited value in terms of cantonal public law and does not result in any change in the partners’ marital status. Its validity is limited to the canton of Geneva.

Matrimonial regimes

The matrimonial regime is a set of provisions governing and sharing a couple’s assets, regardless of whether they are married or have concluded a registered partnership.

Marriage, registered partnership and surname

In principle, people who have married or who have submitted a registered partnership declaration retain their own surname. They can also adopt a common surname.

Venues for celebrating a marriage or partnership in Geneva

In the City of Geneva, civil marriage and registered partnership ceremonies are conducted at the Civil Registry Office, located in the former town hall of the Eaux-Vives district. Two dedicated rooms are also available for large-scale ceremonies.

Recognising foreign marriages or partnerships

A marriage, partnership or same-sex marriage duly contracted abroad is recognised in Switzerland if it complies with the principles of Swiss law.

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Article modifié le 18.02.2020 à 08:49