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Legal steps that need to be taken to marry in Australia

This post provides guidance on the necessary legal steps to get married in Australia. Understanding the required forms, their completion, and submission to the celebrant or clergy is crucial for the wedding process.

The Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) must be submitted at least one month before the wedding date, as stipulated by Section 42 of The Marriage Act 1961. The NOIM remains valid for 18 months. Details of both parties, including full names, birthdates, occupations, usual residence, parents' names, and marital status, are outlined in the NOIM. Additionally, the celebrant needs to verify date and place of birth through a birth certificate or passport and request photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport.

The Attorney General's Department defines strict criteria for a "shortening of time" to marry without a one-month notice. These criteria include employment or travel commitments, wedding arrangements, medical reasons, legal proceedings, and errors in notice.

If your circumstances meet these criteria, contact your celebrant. They will guide you through the process, including submitting the completed, signed NOIM, drafting a support letter for the shortening of time application, and gathering evidence. Subsequently, you must present these documents to a "prescribed authority," often found in local courthouses or state Births, Deaths, and Marriages (BDM) offices.

The decision to grant a shortening of time rests with the prescribed authority. For any questions or assistance, Samantha is available to help.


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