Getting Married

Whilst getting married is a relatively simply process, there are guidelines that must be adhered to in order to ensure your marriage is legally recognised in Australia ...

• You and your partner must both be over 18 years of age at the time of marriage.

• The Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) will need to be completed and lodged with me at least one month and one day before your intended wedding day (and no earlier than 18 months prior to your wedding day).

In order to complete this form, you will both need to provide me with your birth certificates and photo identificaton (eg Driver's License or Passport).

Additionally, if you have been previously married I will need to sight your Certificate of Divorce/Decree Absolute. If your previous spouse has passed away, you will need to show me the Death Certificate. Please note that all documentation needs to be original - photocopies are unable to be accepted sorry.

I will provide The NOIM and run through it with you in detail on our first official meeting. Alternatively, you are welcome to download the form via this link ...

http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Documents/Notice-of-intended-marriage.pdf

• A declaration will need to be signed, stating that there are no legal impediments which will impact the ceremony.

• On your wedding day, you will need two witnesses who are over the age of 18, and who are able to understand the ceremony. They will be required to sign your marriage certificates and the registry.

If you would like even more information than the above, please feel free to visit the Attorney General Department's website ...

http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Getting-married.aspx#getting_married_aust

Sound daunting? Don't worry! I will be with you every step of the way!