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Love, oh love. Respect, understanding, faithfulness, joy are some of the associations when someone mentions the word love. Marriage or a life partnership is considered like a crown of a beautiful, mutual feeling, and a relationship based on a full respect and understanding of two human beings, regardless of their sexuality. Therefore, we bring you the details that you should know if you decide to say “yes” to your partner in our beautiful country.

Republic of Croatia

In the Republic of Croatia, same – sex marriage is defined as a marriage between two persons of the same sex, be it a religious  or civil ceremony. The adoption of the „Life Partnership Act“ on July 15, 2014 made it possible for same-sex couples to enter into a life partnership. People in a life partnership have the same legal rights as married persons, except for the possibility of having children. In addition to life partnerships, family and marriage, extramarital union and informal life partnerships are legally recognised in Croatia.

For two people of the same sex to enter into a life partnership, they need to fill certain conditions, such as adulthood, reasoning and voluntary consent. Persons who are in a pre-existing life partnership or marriage can’t enter into a life partnership. In order, for a life partnership to be valid, it must be concluded and confirmed in front of the registrar and in the presence of two witnesses.

In order not to make the partnership as enigmatic as the search for the data and papers that you will need, we decided to gather it in one place. This document would make it easy the whole process of searching for those who decide on this type of community.

BASIC INFORMATIONS

The application for a life partnership must be submitted by both partners personally 30-40 days before the act of the partnership. The place where you will submitted is the City Office for General Administration in Črnomerac in Zagreb (valid only for the City of Zagreb), and to any other  registry office in the Republic of Croatia (all locations except the City of Zagreb).

For Croatian citizens:

  • the partners should come personally, bringing copies of their identity cards, as well as copies of the identity cards of two witnesses
  • the application should be filled out upon arrival (the application form will be obtained by the registrar´s office)
  • it is necessary to bring revenue stamps in the amount of 70 kunas
  • after applying you will get a payment slip to the amount of 140 kunas (costs of the act of concluding LP) that can be paid afterwards
  • other costs are charged if the ceremony would be planned outside the official premises
  • if a Croatian citizen, who is born abroad, is not registered in the Croatian Registrar of Births, it is necessary to get registered

For foreigners:

  • a birth certificate issued by the competent authority in the country of birth
  • evidence of free marital status (issued by the country of birth)
  • identity documents
  • evidence of citizenship
  • proof of residence in Croatia
  • the application should be filled out upon arrival (the application form will be obtained in the registrar´s office)
  • it is necessary to bring revenue stamps in the amount of 70 kunas
  • in the registrar’s office, other documents could be asked for submission
  • citizens from countries outside the EU or European Economic Area (EEA) should double check whether their documents have to go through document legalization
  • authorized court interpreter for foreign languages is obligatory (exception could be made for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia)

Regarding the costs of concluding life partnership, prices are the same as for Croatian citizens – 70 kunas of revenue stamps and 140 kunas as a cost of act of concluding LP. As a rule, the price will increase depending on whether you are entering into a life partnership outside the office, how far is the place from your home office, whether you are entering into a life partnership outside the government office hours, whether the wedding date is a public holiday and the weekends.

These conditions are defined in the Rules on the criteria for determining the amount and purpose of the compensation obtained for entering into a life partnership outside the official premises.