A life partnership is a family union between two persons of the same sex entered into before a competent authority, in accordance with the provisions of the Same-Sex Life Partnership Act.
Persons give notice of their intention to enter into a life partnership to the local registry office responsible for the location where the life partnership is entered into.
The notice of intention to enter into a life partnership must be accompanied by:
- the identity cards of the partners presented for inspection,
- a copy of the identity cards of the witnesses.
The registrar will instruct the persons who intend to enter into a life partnership to obtain a court decree if one is required.
The date of entering into a life partnership can be set between 30 and 45 days after the date of giving notice of intention to enter into a life partnership.
Adult Croatian citizens can give their notice of entering into a life partnership in official premises electronically through the e-Prijava životnog partnerstva (e-Notice of Life Partnership) e-service in the e-Citizens system, without having to visit a registry office.
The administrative fee for recording the intention to enter into a life partnership is HRK 70.00, while the administrative fee for the ceremony is HRK 140.00.
Registration of the fact of entering into a life partnership of Croatian citizens abroad
The fact is entered in the register of life partnerships in the applicant’s place of residence in Croatia. If the applicant does not reside in Croatia, the fact of entering into a life partnership is registered in the City of Zagreb.
The application for registering the fact of entering into a life partnership or same-sex marriage abroad is submitted in person, by proxy, or through a Croatian diplomatic or consular representation in the foreign country.
The application must be accompanied by:
- an original excerpt from the foreign authority,
- a copy of a valid identity card or passport for both partners.
Foreign public documents not issued using an international form must be translated by a court interpreter who is sworn in Croatia.
The procedure of registering the fact of entering into a life partnership abroad is exempt from administrative fees.
Same-Sex Life Partnership Act (Official Gazette No 92/14 i 98/19)
Rules on the form of the excerpt and certificate issued from the register of life partnerships (Official Gazette No 99/14)
Instruction on the keeping of the register of life partnerships (Official Gazette No 81/21)
Rules on the criteria for determining the amount and purpose of the fee charged for concluding a life partnership outside of official premises (Official Gazette No36/20)