What is a month?

 
by Jennifer Cram (23/01/2020)  |  Categories: | Wedding Legals |
Coloured blocks
                      with the names of the 12 months of the year
                      inserted
What is a month? Before you start shaking your head, I agree. It sounds like the silliest question in the world - but when it comes to getting married it is an all-important one because you can't legally be married less than a full calendar month from the day you give Notice (on the Notice of Intended Marriage).

There is a lot of misinformation out there - so, here it is in a nutshell
  • a month is NOT a specific number of days - so not 31 or 30 days.
  • a month is NOT a specific number of weeks - so definitely not 4 weeks
  • a full calendar month starts on any date you choose and lasts until the day before that same date (number) the following month, if there is one. So, if you gave Notice on 15 January the month ends at midnight on the 14 February, and you can then legally get married on the 15 February (because there aren't two fifteenth days in any month!).
  • If there isn't a day of the same number in the following month (say you give notice on January 31, the first day you can be married is 1 March, because there is no February 31.
I cover the issue of giving notice in detail in my Tuesday Tutorial on Giving Notice. The important thing to remember is that the clock doesn't start clicking until you give your celebrant your Notice of Intended Marriage.

Jenny xxx Let's talk soon about how you can
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