Weddings (Shortening of Time)
Under certain circumstances it may be necessary to
arrange your wedding with less than the legally required
month's notice. The Marriage Act allows for what is
referred to as a Shortening of Time under certain very
specific circumstances, such as terminal illness of one
of the marrying couple or of a close family member,
legal proceedings where it is likely that one of the
marrying couple will be incarcerated for a period longer
than a year, and work transfer interstate or overseas.
Pregnancy or imminent visa expiry is not an allowable
circumstance and shortening of time is not automatically
granted. It must be applied for to a Prescribed
Authority and there is a fee payable on application.
I can assist you to apply for shortening of time and
will also create and conduct a sensitively worded
ceremony that focuses on the present and creates moments
of joy for all concerned. In Australia no special legal
permission is needed to conduct a wedding ceremony in a
hospital or a hospice, although the person's medical
team will need to be involved in the arrangements.