YOUR LEGAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

 

 

4.  Complete the Statutory Declaration - DECLARATION BY PARTY TO THE PROPOSED WEDDING:

  • This is a statutory declaration that confirms the ability to marry. 

  • It has to be completed and signed by both parties.

  • This declaration is made before the celebrant by each party of an intended marriage and is a confirmation of their conjugal status and belief that there is no legal impediment to the marriage.

  • The declaration has to be made before the marriage is solemnised and as close as possible to the ceremony (A good time to make it is at the rehearsal or at separate meeting between the couple and the celebrant)  

  • The reason why this cannot be signed at the same time as the NOIM is because there is the need for all required documentation to be received/sighted before then and to give time to any impediment to the wedding to be resolved (i.e. divorce).   

5.  Obtain 2 Witnesses - they have to be:

  • Over the Age of 18

  • Present to sign the Marriage Register and Certificate of Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

 

You are now engaged and have set your wedding date. However, before your wedding, you will need to:

 

1.  Choose your Celebrant - HOPEFULLY ME!

 

2.  Complete and Lodge your NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE (NOIM) with me - this is usually done at our first appointment.

This has to be done:

  • At least one month prior to your wedding day, and

  • No more than 18 months prior to the big day.

 

3.  Submit the following for sighting:

Evidence of date and place of birth

  • If born in Australia

    • Official birth certificate or extract (for a certified copy, you will need to contact the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department in the state where you were born)

    • Australian Passport

  • If born outside of Australia

    • Your overseas birth certicate - officially translated if required

    • Current or expired passport - either from overseas or Australia

Evidence of identity

  • A driver’s licence

  • A proof of age/photo card

  • An Australian or overseas passport, or

  • A certificate of Australian Citizenship along with another form of photographic evidence

Evidence of no impediment to the marriage:

  • Certificate regarding dissolution or annulment of marriage - such as original divorce papers (Decree Absolute) or the death certificate of previous spouse and/or

  • Statutory declaration

 

 

ON A SERIOUS NOTE:

 

It is important to record the correct information on the NOIM and other forms, as failure to do so can cause the marriage to be declared invalid, whether there is intent or not. There is also a severe penalty for making a false declaration. If one of the parties cannot produce the required documents at the initial interview, they need to do so before the marriage is solemnised. It is an offence for a celebrant to solemnise a marriage before these evidences are produced. Please rest assured that I will be with you every step of the way to guide and advise you in correctly completing the required forms and ensure a smooth running of all proceedings.

MY LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Being a celebrant is a special and important role in the community. It attracts obligations and legal responsibilities. Failure to meet those responsibilities can have serious consequences. As a Celebrant, I must:

 

  • Solemnise marriages under the Marriage Act 1961 and Marriage Regulations 1963  

  • Conduct myself in accordance with the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants and follow the Guidelines for Marriage Celebrants

  • Comply with my ongoing professional development obligations

  • All Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants are charged an annual celebrant registration charge – please ask your Celebrant whether his/her registration is current.

    I am a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants (AFCC) and am fully insured, including Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurances as well as Copyright Protection.  I have to maintain an up to date knowledge of a range of information designed to help my couples compose their ceremony and I also have to undergo five (5) hours of Ongoing Professinal Development every year.  

    My performance as a Celebrant can be reviewed from time to time by the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants and, as such, I ensure that I maintain a high and professional standard at all times in the performance of my job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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