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Am I Legally Married?
Overseas Weddings vs Australian Weddings
Overseas Same Sex Marriages

In general, if a marriage is recognised as valid under the law of the country in which it was entered into, at the time when it was entered into, the marriage will be recognised in Australia as a valid marriage. However, there are some exceptions.

Overseas Weddings.

Many couples are now travelling to overseas countries to have exotic destination wedding ceremonies in romantic and idealistic locations. Many of these ceremonies are purely cultural or religious and are not registered with, or recognised by, the authorities, or under the legal system, in those countries. Unfortunately many of these wonderful ceremonies will not be recognised as legal in Australia.

Often, the only way to then have the marriage recognised in Australia is to hold another ceremony in Australia in accordance with Australian Laws.

Repeat Marriages.

If a couple are legally married under the laws of another country and that marriage is registered in that country, the marriage will normally be recognized in Australia. The exceptions are Same Sex, Under Age and Forced Marriages.

If a couple are legally married overseas they cannot be legally married again in Australia.

Basic Legal Ceremony.

To assist couples who find their marriage is not recognized in Australia I have developed a basic, no frills, legal marriage ceremony. This ceremony addresses all Australian legal requirements and includes all documentation to ensure a couple's marriage is recognized under Australian Law. Certain Statutory Declarations must be made to attest to the fact that the earlier 'marriage' was not legal.

The Basic Legal Ceremony is complete with all mandatory legal wording and declarations, all documentation and certificates, use of the wedding chapel and myself as the celebrant.

These ceremonies also cater for couples who simply want to get married with the minimum of fuss and expense.

Because of the basic wording involved and limitation of available variations I am able to offer these ceremonies at vastly reduced rates.

If you are interested in getting married with a basic ceremony to address the legal aspects of a marriage then couples can phone me to discuss their situation or further information is available on this website.

Further Information.

Further information can be found on this website or you may email or phone me.