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Notice of Intended Marriage
Tim Manger
Civil Marriage Celebrant

Many couples are excited about organising a wedding, however there are certain statutory legal requirements that must be adhered to, to enable the marriage to be legally binding.

As per the Marriage Act 1961, the first and most important document that needs to be completed by couples wishing to marry under Australian Law, is the Notice of Intended Marriage.

This document must be completed no earlier than 18 months prior to the wedding day, and no later than 1 month and 1 day prior to the wedding day.

What Information is required?

To successfully complete the Notice of Intended Marriage, couples need to provide supporting evidential proof of :

If a couple is born overseas and cannot obtain an original birth certificate, a passport may be used.

Is there any other paperwork?

In addition to the Notice of Intended Marriage, couples also need to sign a statutory declaration prior to their marriage ceremony. This is a declaration that states there is no legal impediment to the couple being married under Australian Law. Such impediments may include:

  • Already being married
  • Being too closely related to the person being married
  • Being a minor (under 18 years of age)

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When does the 30 days commence?

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From the moment I receive and authorise your NOIM.

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What does NOIM stand for?

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NOIM is an acronym for Notice of Intended Marriage.

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What is a NOIM?

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The NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) is the primary document required under Australian Law, used to notify the government that you wish to be married.

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What is the brochure Happily Before and Ever After all about?

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Commonly known as a Form 14a, 'Happily Before and After' serves to inform couples who have just completed their Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM), about available relationship services, education and advice.

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After we submit the NOIM where is it stored?

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The NOIM is stored with me (the Celebrant) securely in a filing cabinet, until the day of your rehearsal or wedding.

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Is the NOIM the only form I need to complete prior to my wedding day?

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No, apart from the NOIM you will also need to complete a Declaration of No Impediment to Marriage, which I provide and witness.

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Which date from my Divorce papers do I put on the NOIM?

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There will be 2 dates on your Divorce papers, one is the 'Nisi' (unless), and the other is the 'Absolute' (1 month and 1 day after the 'Nisi'). The later of the dates is the one you insert in the NOIM.

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Do I use my previous married name on the NOIM?

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You have a choice. You may use the name as stated on your Birth Certificate or Passport, or any previous married name. At some stage, you will need to provide evidence of your name via a Birth Certificate or Passport.

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Why does the NOIM ask if I am related to my partner?

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Because in Australia, you cannot legally marry your mother, father, brother, sister (or any ancestor where the blood line is too close).

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If my name is misspelt on my birth certificate what do I write on the NOIM?

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You need to write your name (and parents names) exactly as it appears on your birth certificate, regardless of spelling mistakes or errors. The same applies to errors on your passport (if using a passport as proof of ID).

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What proof of ID do I need to provide with the NOIM?

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When I meet with you, I will need to sight your original Birth Certificate and (or) Passport.

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Can you authorise our NOIM?

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Yes, I can authorise your NOIM. The NOIM can also be witnessed by a justice of the peace, a barrister or solicitor, a legally qualified medical practitioner, or a member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a State or Territory.

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What happens if I make a mistake when completing the NOIM?

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Changes are allowed to be made on the NOIM, you do not need to start over. The NOIM forms the basis for all your other marriage certificates, so it is important that it is correct.

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What is the definition of Usual Place of Residence defined on the NOIM?

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According to the ATO, the 'Place of Residence' is defined in subsection 136(1) of the FBTAA, as a place at which a person resides, or a place at which a person has sleeping accommodation, whether on a permanent or temporary basis and whether or not on a shared basis.

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Do you require photo ID when we meet?

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Yes, your drivers licence or passport is acceptable.

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