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Most marriages in Australia are solemnised by civil celebrants.
Couples must give their marriage celebrant a Notice of Intended Marriage This Notice is not a marriage licence, as a couple does not normally require an official authorisation to marry, but a person under the age of 18 wishing to marry requires parental consent and the authorisation of a judge.
Marriage at a young age was most often associated with pregnancy prior to marriage.
A person who goes through a marriage ceremony in Australia when still legally married to another person, whether under Australian law or a law of another country, commits an offence of bigamy, which is subject to a maximum 5 years imprisonment, The 2004 Act also expressly declared same-sex marriages entered into abroad were not to be recognised in Australia.
Marriages performed abroad are normally recognised in Australia if entered into in accordance with the applicable foreign law, and do not require to be registered in Australia.
It is not uncommon for Australian citizens or Australian residents to go abroad to marry.
However, if a party to the marriage is not an Australian citizen, issues may arise with plans for the couple to move to and live in Australia.Want to see more, connect and chat and have fun with other members looking for the same as you?Marriage in Australia is regulated by the federal Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) , which applies uniformly throughout Australia (including its external territories) to the exclusion of all state laws on the subject.The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) was amended with the 2017 recognition of same-sex marriages to exempt a minister of religion or religious marriage celebrant or chaplain from the prohibition of sex discrimination by refusing to marry same-sex couples.
State and territory officers who are allowed to register marriages (under a state law) can also solemnise marriages (i.e. Civil marriage celebrants are authorised to conduct and solemnise civil wedding ceremonies.
A Notice of Intended Marriage is required to be lodged with the chosen marriage celebrant at least one month before the wedding.