Intention to Marry Form
You are required by law to fill in a Notice of Intended Marriage Form. This can be supplied by me or downloaded from the Attorney General Marriage Celebrants website. It MUST be legally witnessed and submitted to your celebrant at least one calendar month prior to your wedding in order for you to be legally married.
YOU NEED TO PROVIDE ...
- EVIDENCE OF DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
- Birth certificates wherever possible. If you were born in Australia you MUST provide an official original birth certificate or an official extract of an entry in an official register showing the date and place of birth of the party.If you do not have one, you should apply to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in your state of birth. If it is impossible to obtain an official birth certificate or extract, a statutory declaration from the party or the party's parent stating this and the reasons why,and - to the best of the declarant’s knowledge and belief and as accurately as the declarant has been able to ascertain, when and where the party was born.
- A passport issued by the Australian government or a government of an overseas country showing the date and place of birth of the party is also acceptable.
As your celebrant, I can witness this statutory declaration document.
EVIDENCE OF DIVORCES GRANTED IN AUSTRALIA
For divorces granted in Australia the required evidence of divorce will depend on when the divorce was granted. As explained below, it will be either a ‘decree absolute’, ‘certificate of divorce’ or ‘divorce order’. An authorised celebrant with concerns about whether a party has provided sufficient evidence of divorce should contact the department for guidance.
When divorce granted:
Required evidence of divorce
- 5 January 1975 to 1 July 2002 ‘decree absolute’ (A ‘decree nisi’ is not sufficient.)
- 1 July 2002 to 3 August 2005 ‘certificate of divorce’ (The certificate will include wording of decree nisi/absolute but the document is called a certificate of divorce.)
- 3 August 2005 to 13 February 2010 ‘certificate of divorce’ (Wording on the certificate will refer to a ‘divorce order’.)
- 13 February 2010 to 17 December 2011 ‘divorce order’ (Issued electronically with no colour seals or signatures.)
- From 17 December 2011 current ‘divorce order’ (Issued electronically with colour seal and signature. An authorised celebrant may accept a divorce order where seal and signature are not in colour.) (Wording includes the Court’s jurisdictional finding that one or both parties domiciled in or a citizen of or ordinarily resident in Australia.)
Each party to a marriage to provide at least one of the following documents with photo identification as evidence of their 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 (such as a student card or other photo identification not listed above).
I will prepare all legal documentation for you and ensure that your marriage is registered with the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state in which your marriage was officiated.