Notice of your Intention to Marry
Cram - Brisbane Marriage Celebrant
5 February 2019 |
legally married in Australia you are required to give a
notice of your intended marriage.
But what does that mean, precisely?
There is so much inaccurate information out there, but
it is very simple.
Just remember that there is only one day of any
particular number in a month! Only one 15th, only one
24th and so on. And that some months only have 30
days, while others have 31. And then there is
Here are the facts in detail:
- If you give Notice on a certain date, the first
date on which you can be legally married is the same
date the following month - as long as there is one.
If there isn't, you have to skip to the first day of
the following month. So if you give notice on 28
February, you can marry on 28 March. But if you gave
notice on 30 January, you can't marry until 1 March,
because there is no 30 February.
- You have to give Notice on the official form - the
- You give notice by giving a completed, signed, and
witnessed form to your celebrant. (Hint: your
celebrant can witness your signatures - but so can a
few other people, including a JP or Police Officer -
read the tutorial on Signing the NOIM
for the details.)
- Giving notice is referred to as lodging the Notice
- that just means giving the form to your celebrant.
(Hint: you can lodge your Notice by scanning and
emailing it, but you need to give the original paper
form to your celebrant before you can be married)
- The Notice of Intended Marriage is valid for 18
months from the date it is lodged (not from the date
it is signed, though both things often happen on the
- The requirement to give one month's notice is
embedded in Section 42 of the Marriage Act, 1961