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Ivan Conway Whitsunday Wedding Celebrant since 1997
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The Notice Of Intended Marriage Form (NOIM)
It is a requirement of the Marriage Act in Australia
that a completed Notice Of Intended Marriage Form, duly signed and
witnessed, is lodged with the Celebrant of your choice no later than
ONE month before the date of the marriage. eg. If the ceremony
is to be held on the 15th day of December, the NOIM form must be received
by the Celebrant by the 15th day of November. OR, if the NOIM is received by the Celebrant on the 31st. of August, the marriage can be solemnised on the 1st of October. It is also important
that your Celebrant is advised immediatly of and changes to your address
details or any other circumstances that have occured after you have
forwarded your completed Notice of Intended Marriage form.
You can open the NOIM form in Acrobat Reader if you have it installed.
The NOIM form can be either downloaded or completed "On Line" and
then printed out for signing and witnessing and then forwarded to me.
If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed, you can download it from
the Adobe Reader website. Please contact me if you require a copy of
the NOIM form and I will email one to you, or you can download a copy from the link below.
Due to recent changes to The Marriage Act, Marriage Legislation and the Law regarding marriage in Australia effective from the 9th December 2017, a marriage can now take place between two consenting people regardless of gender. However the same rules apply regarding age.
The NOIM form is valid for 18 months once it has been received by the
Celebrant. When completing the NOIM form, please take the time to read
it carefully before filling it out and please print neatly preferably
with a black pen ensuring that all details match with the information
on your Birth Certificates. Please answer all questions accurately. Please
DO NOT use WhiteOut on your NOIM form. Remember, an NOIM form cannot
be accepted by the Celebrant if it contains false statements, errors
or is defective. If you require another NOIM form, contact your Celebrant
to request another copy. Page 4 of the NOIM form clearly states in either paragraph (a) or (b)
the qualified persons required to witness your signature either here
in Australia or if lodging an NOIM form from overseas. Please read carefully,
there are no exceptions to this requirement.
Conjugal Status (Question 7)
I am often asked by couples the meaning of the
term "Conjugal Status" and this question is sometimes
left blank on a Notice of Intended Marriage form usually because of
a lack of understanding of the term. "Conjugal status" simply
means your current wedded or unwedded situation. For example, Never
validly married, widower, widow or divorced. Complete whichever
situation applies in your circumstance.
Mother's Maiden Name in full (Question 12)
This question is straight forward, however
it confuses some couples. It simply means your mothers full name
before marriage. First name, second name (if any) and her family
name before she married. If you are unsure, these details can usually be obtained from your birth certificate.
Some Important Information.
Other Documents Required
Your celebrant is required to sight original copies
of your birth certificates and, (if applicable) death certificate or
any documents of divorce. These documents must be sighted before the
ceremony is officiated. If any documents are in a language other than
english, then a certified translated copy must be provided for the
Celebrant. If born in Australia, an Australian birth certificate is
requested, however an Australian Passport can also be used to prove
Date and Place of Birth. Photo ID documents, (Passport or Drivers Licence)
are also required to prove your identity.
An Australian Passport can now be accepted by the Celebrant in lieu of
an Australian Birth Certificate and also an International Passport as
an alternative if a person was born overseas. It is requested that photocopies
of these documents are forwarded to the Celebrant with the completed
and signed Notice Of Intended Marriage form to assist with the accurate preparation of all documents
required for the ceremony.
and Authentication Stamps For Marriage Certificates
Where someone has married here in Australia and
wants to return overseas, their Government sometimes needs proof that
their marriage certificate, signatures, stamp and seal are genuine
before they will accept them as evidence of Marriage.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will check against
a specimen on file and stamp the document with an Apostille (if the country
is party to the 1969 Hague Convention eg. Greece, Italy, The Netherlands
and many others), or otherwise an authentication, (eg. China, the Middle
East). The Consulate or Embassy concerned would need to be consulted
as to which one is required (Apostille or Authentication). The current
cost for this service may vary depending on the type of document required.
About Migration Advice to Overseas Couples planning Marriage In Australia
Please note: Your Celebrant is unable to provide
migration advice. It is illegal for a celebrant to do so as only a
registered migration agent or migration lawyer can provide such advice.
Australia has no residence, visa, or other requirements apart from
those in the Marriage Act that apply to all couples marrying regardless
of nationality, residence, or visa status. If you require further information,
it is suggested that you contact a migration agent for advice.
Authorised Marriage Celebrant
PO Box 273 CANNONVALE QLD 4802
Tel: 07 4946 6401 | Mobile: 0419 799 401