Legal bits !
Check my availability to officiate at your ceremony on and at the date and time you have chosen.
Make a time to meet me – if and when this is practical
This is an informal meeting maybe at my home or your's .
At this meeting we generally talk about the next steps for you to take and what the legal requirements are at this stage but mostly we can share our stories and get to know each other a little. It is your choice now as to whether you would like to contact me later or proceed with a booking there and then as there is obligation attached to this first meeting at all.
It is up to you to make the decision that you would like me to be officiating at your marriage ceremony.
So you would like to proceed.
We will discuss the important information relating to the legal requirements that need to be addressed before you can be married, this includes:
The NOIM document must be filled out, signed, witnessed and lodged with your celebrant at least one month prior to the marriage ceremony, and no longer than eighteen months prior to the date. The 'Notice of Intended Marriage' document which I have attached one for you to look at and or fill in and bring with you. Please Note ( please leave the fourth page blank ) and we will fill in this together when I check all of your ID .
Proof of Identity
As part of the NOIM requirements, your celebrant must sight your official original birth certificates or passport and record the registered numbers before your marriage. In the case of a person born overseas, a valid passport may be produced as proof of identity along with other photo id drivers licence or photo ID card to show your current address
Birth Certificate - obtain from the Registry of Births,Deaths & Marriages
Declaration of marital status
Also as part of the NOIM requirements, your celebrant will need to sight evidence of death, dissolution or nullity of that marriage if one or both of you have been previously married – in the case of divorce a 'Certificate of Divorce' must be provided. In the case of becoming a widow or widower, a 'Death Certificate' must be provided.
Divorce Certificate - can be obtained from the www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fcoaweb/contact-us/locations/tas/hobart
The need for two witnesses
The official witnesses to your marriage can be anyone you choose as long as they are of legal age – that is, over eighteen
years of age.
Once the legal aspects are explained, we can begin discussing ‘your special ceremony’. I will provide you with a small package' of information, ideas and suggestions for you – we will go through this information in detail together.
Relationship Services Availability
There are Family Relationship services available.
A couple should seek pre-marriage education and help in time of need.
Such couples often work through many of life’s trials and tribulations.
They make their married life together more rewarding and fulfilling.
The following relationship services, and information and services are available to enhance and sustain couples throughout their relationship: