Marriage & your legal responsibilities…
- The Notice of Intended Marriage form must be completed, signed & witnessed, & in the hands of the Marriage Celebrant no later than one calendar month (30 days) prior to the proposed wedding date. Once lodged with your celebrant, it is valid for a maximum of 18 months from the date lodged.
- It is the responsibility of the marrying couple to ensure that they are able to present to the celebrant the required documentation for proof of identity, date of birth & place of birth as well as photographic ID.
That being… original birth certificates, if born in
Australia. If you do not have this, it is obtainable from
the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages in the
State where you were born. An Australian passport is
now acceptable also as proof of date & place of birth. For
those without a passport, a drivers licence can be used for
If born outside Australia it is requested that you provide a
full original birth certificate (if possible) and a current
- If either party has previously been validly married, & is now divorced or widowed, an original Decree Absolute of Divorce or a Death Certificate must be presented to the celebrant to sight. This evidence is needed before you can be re-married.
As of the 1st of July 2002, the Family Court & the
Federal Magistrates Court stopped issuing both a
decree absolute & a decree nisi of dissolution of
marriage. The document they now issue is called a
“Certificate of Divorce” which has both the date of
decree nisi & the decree absolute.
If you were divorced before the 1st of July 2002, the
document you are required to present the celebrant is
the decree absolute.
- It is also the couple’s responsibility, if required, to arrange & provide the services of an accredited translator to ensure that all legalities & requirements of marriage are fully understood by both parties. This may mean that the translator needs to be present for the completion & signing of all legal paperwork prior to the ceremony, as well as on the day, for the signing of the register & marriage certificates.
- If you have changed your name since birth, the celebrant will also need to sight your original 'Change of Name' certificate issued by Births Deaths & Marriages.
- If one person is under 18 years of age, a parent’s consent on the required form & a court order under Section 12 of the Marriage Act is required.
Please note that it is an imprisonable offence to give false or misleading information on any legal documents.
- Funeral Services conducted by a Celebrant are not legally recognised ceremonies. Therefore there is no legal paperwork to be completed, & no legal requirements to be met. Any legal paperwork involved in conjunction with a Funeral is completed by the Funeral Director.
On the day, you will be presented with a printed keepsake
copy of your loved one's special service wording.