In case of different types of partnership – civil union, registered partnership or concubinage – the rules different from those governing the marriage are applied.
In terms of the marriage, national rules and practical aspects differ from country to country, especially as regards:
the rights and obligations of married couples: for example, property, parental responsibilities, family name after getting married.
the relationship between civil and religious marriage: in some countries, religious weddings are considered to be equivalent to civil marriages, in others not. If you have been in a religious (not civil) marriage and moved to another country, it is important to check what consequences this may have on your civil status.
§ the possibility of same-sex marriage. The EU countries which recognize this right are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands .