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What papers do I need if I have been married previously
You will need require a Decree Absolute from the Federal Magistrates Court (Family Court), unless you were divorced overseas, in which case you will need to provide evidence from a legal court . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Who can legally marry us
The only person charged with solemnising a marriage, is a registered Civil Celebrant . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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To whom do we forward our completed Notice of Intended Marriage
You can only forward your Notice of Intended Marriage to a registered Civil Celebrant . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Can I scan and send a copy of my Notice of Intended Marriage
Yes, you may send a scan copy, however ensure that you keep the original, which will need to be collected by your Civil Celebrant at a later date . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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What other paperwork will I need to complete prior to marriage
You will be required to complete a 'No Impediment to Marriage' form, where you will be required to declare several things prior to getting married . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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How far in advance of my wedding can I complete the Notice of Intended Marriage
You may complete the Notice of Intended Marriage up to 18 months prior to your wedding ceremony, and no later than 30 days prior . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Do I need to change my name once I am married
Once you are married, you will have a choice whether or not to change your name. In actual fact, you will have 2 names, your maiden name, and your married name, both are very legal . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Can I be married if I have been before
Yes, however you will need to provide proof of Divorce . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Can I be related to my partner prior to marriage
Yes and no. You cannot be married if you are closer than 1st cousins. However, surprisingly you are allowed to marry your 1st cousin . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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What is the minimum legal age to be married
18 . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Is it legal for LGBTIQ couples to marry in Australia
No, it is not currently legal for LGBTIQ couples to be married within Australia . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Do you forsee a time that Gay Marriage will be legal in Australia
Yes, there is no doubt that community pressure to update the Australian Marriage Act is a major influencer . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Can gay marriage be legalised on a state by state basis
No, marriage is a federal law, whilst the Constitution deems that the powers with regard to the Marriage Act, fall to the Commonwealth . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Are there any alternatives to gay legal marriage
Yes, it is possible to have a commitment ceremony, which is a public declaration regarding a couples desire to live together. There is no legally binding element to these types of ceremonies . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Who can witness the Notice of Intended Marriage in Australia
Anyone listed in the Stautory Declarations Act 1959 can witness a Notice of Intended Marriage . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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What is the purpose of the document titled No Impediment to Marriage
The No Impediment to Marriage document, is a declaration made by the wedding couple prior to marriage. There are specific items that must be declared . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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What do I have to declare on the No Impediment to Marriage document
On the No Impediment to Marriage document, you must declare 3 items; 1) that you are not married to anyone else, 2) that you are over the age of 18, 3) that you are not directly related to one another . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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What is your stance on gay marriage
At iCelebrant.com we are staunch advocates of gay marriage, and fully support modifying the Australian Marriage Act to read 'marriage is between two people' . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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Do we have to wait 30 days before we can be married
Yes, in most cases you will have to wait the statutory 30 days before you can be legally married, however there are some cases where you can apply for a 'shortening of time' . Learn More - Call: 1800 229 142

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