The Attorney General's Department has issued new marriage forms, including the Notice of Intended Marriage and the Official Certificate of Marriage, in time for the changes to the Marriage Act which come into effect on Saturday 9th December. Civil Celebrants now have access to these forms which will be used for all couples. The words "Bride" and "Groom" on the old forms have been replaced by "Party 1" and "Party 2" and each person can then choose if they wish to be described on the Certificate of Marriage as a "Groom", "Bride" or "Partner".
The Australian Parliament today changed the Marriage Act with an overwhelming majority in favour enabling same sex couples to marry. According to the Attorney General, George Brandis, the law will come into effect on 9th December. The Act requires all couples to give at least one month's notice, meaning the earliest date they can marry will be 9th January.
So what needs to be done if you plan to marry early in the new year?
Stephen Cook is an authorised Marriage Celebrant and a celebrant for all life's special occasions