4. On 21 March 2021, what is your legal marital or registered civil partnership status?

Why we ask this question

This information helps us understand how patterns of marriage and partnerships have changed in the time between each census. It allows us to make estimates about the local and national population by the many different statuses covered in the possible responses to this question. This helps local and central government to make decisions on planning and setting aside resources for housing or services in your area.

This information helps monitor equality between groups of people of different legal marital or registered civil partnership status. Your answer will help public bodies to identify discrimination of social exclusion based on this and work to stop it from happening.

The information is also used to help work out the cost responsibilities for spouses' pensions and widows' benefits.

The census first asked about this topic in 1851. It has been expanded for Census 2021 due to the introduction of legislation that legalises same-sex marriage and same-sex civil partnerships.

Answer about your legal status not your relationship status

Select one answer according to your status on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Why can't I answer 'single'?

'Single' is a relationship status. This question is asking about your specific legal status.

Long-term partnerships

If you're living with your partner, select your current legal status only. Your relationship is recorded in the household relationships question.

Legally registered

This includes marriages and civil partnerships between opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

In the UK, marriages and civil partnerships need to be officially registered to be legal.

Overseas marriages and legally registered civil partnerships

If you were married or civil-partnered abroad, your answer should be based on the legal status of your relationship in the UK.

Children

Children under 15 years of age do not need to answer questions 4 and 5. For most children under the age of 16, the response will be "Never married and never registered a civil partnership".

Although the legal age for marrying or forming a legally registered civil partnership is 16 in the UK, in other countries it may be possible to marry at a younger age.

Void or voidable marriages or registered civil partnerships (including annulments)

How to answer if void

If your marriage or registered civil partnership was treated as void when it was legally ended, and you haven't been in any further legal partnership, please select the legal marital or registered civil partnership status that you held before that marriage or civil partnership.

How to answer if voidable

If your marriage was treated as voidable when it was legally ended, and you haven't been in any further legal partnership, then select "Divorced".

If your civil partnership was treated as voidable when it was legally ended, and you haven't been in any further legal partnership, then select "Formerly in a civil partnership which is now legally dissolved".

Important information:

Answering for someone else

If you're answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they're away, select the answer you think they would choose.