General information on registered partnerships

Advice

With its decision of 4 December 2017 (→ VfGH)German text,  the Constitutional Court repealed the provisions which distinguished between opposite-sex and same-sex couples. This means that opposite-sex couples in Austria can also enter into a registered partnership. This has in principle been possible since 1 January 2019.

In a registered partnership, two people enter into a long-term cohabiting relationship with rights and obligations towards one another.

A registered partnership is established by both partners attending an authority responsible for civil status, in person and at the same time (registry officeGerman text). The registrar asks each of the partners one after the other in the presence of two (or only one or no witnesses if desired) if they want to enter into a registered partnership with one another. After these questions are answered in the affirmative, the registrar will pronounce them legally registered partners. It is also possible to enter into a registered partnership outside the official premises of the registry office, provided that the location reflects the significance of the registered partnership. The registrar sets down a written record of the establishment of the registered partnership.

Conditions for entering into a registered partnership:

  • being of legal ageGerman text
  • being eligible for a partnership
  • having no valid marriage
  • having no valid registered partnership
  • not being related in a direct line, not being full or half-siblings, not having an adoptive relationshipGerman text

Advice

Prior to 31 December 2018, a registered partnership could only be entered into by two people of the same sex.

Legal basis

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 25 January 2021
Responsible for the content:
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior
  • Federal Ministry of Justice

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