Definition of Marriage

Magda Palmer Cordingley

And the Legalities

Definition of Marriage

"Marriage, according to law in Australia is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” Section 46(1) of the Marriage Act 1961. Marriage in Australia is a formal declaration of a couple's obligations to each other.

Is this State, Territory or Federal Law?

Marriage in Australia is covered by Federal Government legislation. Couples must fulfill a set of legal requirements and correctly complete paperwork for their marriage to be legally recognised.

Why are legalities important?

Marriage under Australian law give the partnership of a man and a woman a legal status, thus providing full social recognition of their relationship and a degree of protection to each other and their children in the event of a death or injury to a partner.

Why is a ceremony important to a Bridal Couple?

The Wedding ceremony formalises and makes public vows and promises. The ceremony underlines the importance of the bridal couple's decision because marriage is one of the few major commitments a person will actively plan during their life.

Important Links

Information from the Attorney-General's Department

Notice of Intended Marriage Form

Marriage Act 1961

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