Making your Wedding Legal
The Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed no less than one month prior to a couple’s wedding day, and is valid for 18 months from the time of completion. A Declaration will also need to be completed by each party, stating that, there is no legal obstruction to their marriage. This is to be completed as close as possible to the wedding.
On the wedding day, after the legal vows have been spoken, each will sign, along with their 2 witnesses (who are over 18) three documents; the presentation marriage certificate, the official marriage certificate, and a register which I keep. The official marriage certificate will be lodged electronically immediately after the ceremony as well as being sent to the registry office.
The following documents will be required to complete the paper work.
- Photo ID
- If you were born in Australia you must supply an original birth certificate. If you can not locate yours then you can apply for a replacement, with the Births Deaths and Marriages in the state which you were born,.
- If you were born overseas and don’t have your birth certificate then a foreign passport (it can have expired but a cancelled one is not acceptable) will suffice.
- If your birth certificate is in a foreign language then you will need to supply a translation by an accredited organisation.
- A divorce certificate if you are divorced from a previous marriage.
- A death certificate if a former spouse has died.
- If either of you is under 18years old, your parent’s consent and an order from a magistrate.
- Under the Marriage Act of 1961 I am obliged to witness documents which prove that you are 18 years or over, which is the marriageable age in Australia.
- If one or both of the parties have been married previously then proof of termination is required.
- A Notice of Intention form must be completed no less than one month prior to the marriage date and this must be supported by the certificates of birth, certificates of divorce or a certificate of death if a former spouse has died.