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Before a marriage ceremony can be solemnized, the bride and groom must decide where the marriage will occur and whether the ceremony will be a religious or civil event. Both forms of ceremony performed by an authorised marriage celebrant are recognised as legal marriages under Australian law.
A Notice of Intended Marriage - Form 13 must be completed and lodged with the person who is performing the ceremony (proposed celebrant) at least one calendar month, but no more than 18 months, before the preferred date of marriage. The Notice of Intended Marriage form may also be obtained from the proposed celebrant.
The marriageable age in Australia is 18 years for both men and women. Marriage of somebody who is 16 years but less then 18 years is possible only if the person they are marrying is 18 years or older. In this situation, parental consent and a judge or magistrate's order are required for the minor. Two people under 18 years of age cannot marry each other.
The bride and groom must show the proposed celebrant documentary proof that they are 18 years old or older. That proof must be a birth certificate if born in Australia. If the bride or groom were not born in Australia, then the celebrant can accept a valid overseas passport in lieu of a birth certificate.
If either person has been married before, that person must show the celebrant proof that they are free to remarry. That proof is usually a Certificate of Divorce (formerly a decree nisi of dissolution of marriage that has become absolute) or a death certificate.
Last Updated: 19-Dec-2012