Thursday, 25 April 2013

NZ sings while France riots

New Zealand sings while France riots ... what is it in the national psyche that makes one nation celebrate the awarding of equal marriage rights to its gay citizens while another nation violently riots? Incompréhensible!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Celebrants & paperwork

An article by Katie Bice published in the Herald-Sun on 16th April 2013 sounds a warning for all Marriage Celebrants and marrying couples. Bice's article was about a Family Court case in which a woman was seeking to have her marriage annulled. Shortly after marrying her husband she'd learned that he was already married. The woman's application was granted.

The warning for Celebrants is to follow through carefully in checking and re-checking paperwork - confirmation of divorce, passport information and other legal documentation presented as evidence that the people to be wed are who they say they are and that they are legally able to be wed. Verbal assurances from either party are just not enough. Celebrants should aim to physically sight any and all required documentation.

The article gives no indication whether action is to be taken against the Celebrant.

Is your Celebrant Commonwealth-registered?

Only Celebrants who are authorised by the Department of the Attorney-General of Australia are legally allowed to celebrate your wedding in Australia.

If your Celebrant is not authorised, your marriage is not legal. It's as simple as that. To check whether your Celebrant is a registered Marriage Celebrant consult the A-G's Register of Marriage Celebrants. This is a list of all Commonwealth-registered Marriage Celebrants who perform civil & religious ceremonies. It doesn't include ministers of religion or state officials who are also permitted to perform civil ceremonies. You can find more information about getting married and choosing your Celebrant here.