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Updates, Changes, Issues

  • 11th January 2018 – A new resource has been added to this website; for couples where the bride or the groom or both parties wish to change their name after marriage, this page provides information about the process, who to notify, and how to notify them.
  • On 9th December 2017, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 came into effect. This Act amends the Marriage Act 1961 so that the legal definition of marriage in Australia has been changed. The new definition in Australian law is “the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”.

    • The Notice of Intended Marriage has been changed as a result; please ensure that if you download the NOIM, it is the current version. The most current NOIM will always be available on the Attorney General’s website, and I always makes it a priority to ensure the latest and most current version of documents are available on this website. The NOIM checklist (designed to ensure that your NOIM is correctly filled out) is also updated to reflect the most current Notice of Intended Marriage. (If you notice any outdated links on this website, please don’t hesitate to contact me with the information.)
    • The new NOIM will require two additional pieces of information from the two parties: their description (groom, bride, or partner) and their sex (male, female, or indeterminate/intersex/unspecified).
    • Other documents have also been changed to reflect the changes in law. These include the Official Certificate of Marriage on whose reverse side is printed the Statutory Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage, and the Certificate of Marriage known as the “party certificate”. The Attorney General’s Department has advised me in writing that existing stock of the “party certificate” can continue to be used and that these certificates continue to be recognised as valid. Of course, once existing stock has been used up, future married couples will be given one of the the new “party certificates”.
    • The marriage ceremony must include the current legal definition of marriage in Australia; additionally, the minimum legal wording for the couple’s vows has been changed. This minimum legal wording now has the first party saying “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [name of the first party] take thee, [name of the second party] to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband, or spouse)”, followed by the second party saying “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [name of the second party] take thee, [name of the first party] to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband, or spouse)”; or words to that effect. The couple should not attempt to reword this minimum legal wording, as their Marriage Celebrant will be aware of what (very minimal) changes can be made in order to comply with the Act.

 

 

 

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