Sometimes planning a wedding can be stressful on a relationship, if you are feeling as though you need some help, don't hesitate to reach out to someone.
The Attorney Generals Department requires that we make sure you have access to a document called Happily Ever Before and After.
The link to that document is below and then some additional support info will below that as well.
Marriage is important
Your celebrant is handing you this document because the decision to marry is
one of the biggest decisions a couple can make. Marriage is a significant step
which will bring a number of changes for you, your spouse and your family.
This document tells you:
• the process of getting married in Australia,
• some important legal consequences of getting married, and
• where relationship support services, such as marriage education, family
counselling or dispute resolution services may be obtained.
Getting Married in Australia
In Australia, marriage is regulated by the Marriage Act 1961, which sets out the
process for getting married and the legal requirements of a valid marriage.
A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form
must be given to your celebrant at least one month
(and up to 18 months) before the wedding.
You and your partner must provide your celebrant with
evidence of your date and place of birth, identity and the
end of any previous marriages.
You must both sign the ‘Declaration of no legal impediment
to marriage’. By signing the Declaration, you declare that you
believe that you are of marriageable age, and that there is no
legal impediment to your marriage.
On your wedding day, your celebrant will solemnise your
marriage. Your celebrant will then ask you, your partner and
your witnesses to sign up to three marriage certificates.
After your wedding, your marriage celebrant will register
the marriage with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
in the State or Territory where your marriage took place.
Marriage in Australia:
Some important things you need to know
Health and welfare benefits
If you receive health or welfare benefits, you will need to contact the relevant
agencies to advise them that you have married. These agencies will advise you
if your benefits will change. You may lose benefits and even be penalised if you
fail to tell them you have married within a reasonable time after the wedding.
Changing your name
Any person who marries may choose to take their spouse’s surname. You are
not legally required to take your spouse’s surname once you are married.
If you wish to take your spouse’s surname, you must obtain a certificate
of marriage issued by your state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths
and Marriages. This is usually sufficient evidence to have your personal
documentation (eg. driver’s licence) changed to your married surname.
The certificate you received on your wedding day is ceremonial and will
not meet the identity requirements of many government agencies, such as
the passport office.
If you marry an Australian citizen, you do not have an automatic right to
Australian citizenship. You will still need to apply for citizenship and satisfy
the eligibility criteria. You can obtain further information from the
Department of Home Affairs website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
Making a will
Marriage will invalidate any previous wills unless your will clearly shows you
were planning this marriage when you made it.
It is important that you make a new will when your personal circumstances
change. This ensures that you have a valid will that gives effect to your
intentions about how you want your assets to be distributed in the event of your
death. A solicitor can help you make or change a will.
Taxation after marriage
When you marry, the amount of taxation you pay may change. It is advisable
to contact the Australian Taxation Office, a tax agent or an accountant before
marriage to discuss any tax implications.
Strengthening your marriage
Before marriage: Marriage Education
Solid relationships set you up to meet the changes and challenges of life. It is
important to develop good communication and sound relationship skills early,
so that you can fall back on these skills during difficult times.
Pre-marriage education prepares couples for marriage by providing skills and
information to build lifelong marriages. Courses are also available to explore
the added dimension and complexity brought to a marriage by children from a
During marriage: Family Counselling
Keeping relationships on track is not always easy. Relationship problems
can arise at various stages of our lives. While having a shaky moment does
not mean your relationship is in trouble, it may be a sign that you could
do with some help.
Family counselling can help couples come to terms with the many changes
that happen during a marriage, such as the personal and interpersonal issues
to do with children and family. Family counsellors can help you work through
emotional problems with your spouse or partner, or to reach agreement about
your parental responsibilities.
Marriage breakdown: Family Dispute Resolution
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) can help separating couples to reach
agreement about property, money, and—most importantly—any children.
The law requires separating families who have a parenting dispute to make a
genuine effort to try to sort it out through FDR.
An accredited FDR Practitioner can help you discuss issues, look at options,
and reach agreement. Importantly, FDR can help you to develop a parenting
plan to set out arrangements for any children.
For more information about the services and
advice available for couples and families, visit the
Family Relationships Online website at
www.familyrelationships.gov.au or phone the
Family Relationship Advice Line on 1800 050 321