Who Can Marry in Australia

Parties to a Marriage

Marriage in Australia can take place between a man and a woman, who are each at least eighteen years of age. Under certain circumstances a person may marry if they are under 18.

The marriage can be celebrated in any location in Australia

  • Must be in the presence of a Registered Celebrant.
  • In the presence of at least two witnesses who are

    eighteen years of age or over.

  • Sufficient documentation provided to the celebrant for

    proof of birth.

  • Sufficient documentation provided for divorce or death

    of previous spouse.

  • Appropriate wording spoken by the Celebrant and the

    couple according to the Marriage Act.

    A divorced person is not allowed to re-marry, unless his or her divorce from the previous marriage has been finalised. To do so would be bigamy. The second marriage would be void and penalties may be incurred.

Lisa Hunt-Wotton

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