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Australian Marriage Act 1961

Since 1961, this has been the primary statutory document upon which marriages are legally solemnised within Australia. The Act is mainly related to who can marry, and under which circumstances marriages will not be recognised. Tim is an expert in marriage law, and can assist you with regard to VISA related queries, overseas marriage queries, and the legalities surrounding specific requirements relating to immigration.

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What are the Marriage Regulations 1963 all about?

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Marriage Regulations 1963 are designed to facilitate the Australian Marriage Act 1961. Think of the regulations as the practical application of the Marriage Act. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Which Act needs to be modified in order to allow same sex gay marriage in Australia?

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The Act that needs to be modified to allow same sex gay marriages (in Australia) is the Australian Marriage Act 1961. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Where can I view an online copy of the Australian Marriage Act?

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You can view an online copy of the 'Australian Marriage Act 1961', by selecting 'Relevant Section'. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Is it illegal for same sex couples to be married in Australia?

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Yes, the Australian Marriage Act 1961 does not currently recognise same sex marriages. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Which Act covers weddings in Australia?

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Marriage Act 1961. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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What does the Marriage Act Cover?

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The Act is mainly related to who can marry, and under which circumstances marriages will (and will not) be recognised. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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What does the term Minor mean in the Marriage Act?

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The term 'minor' refers to a person who is under the age of 18. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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If my State acknowledges Civil Unions does that mean Gay Marriage is Legally Binding in my State?

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Whilst your State may acknowledge Civil Unions, marriage between same-sex couples is not legally binding, because the Marriage Act 1961 is Federal Legislation (as apposed to State Legislation). Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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How long will it be before the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia is changed?

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My belief is that the laws regarding Gay Marriage in Australia will be drmatically constested over the next decade, with a possible modification to the Australian Marriage Act. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Is the wording in a gay same sex committment ceremony different to a legal wedidng ceremony?

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Yes, it is illegal for me to use words from the Montum and Legal Vow section of the Australian Marriage Act when marrying gay same sex couples. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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When the law eventually changes will the same rules apply to gay couples that already apply to heterosexual couples?

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The Australian Marriage Act 1961 is quite explicit regarding the basic rules for marriage. I expect the rules will be the same for gay same sex couples. There are 3 fundamental rules that determine if you qualify to be married under Australian Law: 1) You cannot be married to anyone else, 2) You must not be directly related to the person you wish to marry, 3) You must be over the age of 18. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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If the State I live in recognises gay marriage am I legally married?

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No. The Australian Marriage Act 1961 is a federal law, meaning that the States effectively have no power to change it (this must be done by the senate that sits in Canberra). Federal law covers the nation, whereas state-law is specific to that state only. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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How does the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia get changed?

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To change the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia, a Bill (a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law) is introduced in the Senate. The Bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Why is the pamphlet Happily Before and Ever After important?

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The reason is that the brochure acts as a fall-back measure, to ensure that couples getting married understand exactly what they are about to enter into. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Do I need to change my name after I am married?

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No. Women who are married under Australian Law automatically have ther name changed, because the Offical Marriage Certificate acts as a psuedo name change certificate. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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