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How much does it cost to get married in Australia
The cost to get married in Australia varies depending on the experience and expertise of the Civil Celebrant your employ. At the VMMR, we offer a flat rate of $950 from end to end, including a government marriage certificate and your actual ceremony

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How do I get a marriage licence in Australia
In Australia, there is no such thing as a marriage licence. You need to apply to be married using a Notice of Intended Marriage, and then you will receive a government marriage certificate once you are legally married

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What do you charge to marry us in Melbourne
At the VMMR our flat rate is $950 all-inclusive

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How old do you have to be to be married in Australia
To be married in Australia, you need to be over the age of 18 years of age

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Is it legal for gay couples to marry in Australia
No, it is current illegal for gay couples to be married within Australian borders. This is unlikely to change, unless there is a change to the Australian Marriage Act 1961

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Is it legal for LGBTIQ couples to marry in Australia
No, it is not legal for LGBTIQ couples to marry in Australia

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If I have been married previously do I have to be divorced before I can legally marry again
Yes, if you have been married previously you will need to provide proof of divorce before you can be legally married again

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What is the minimum number of people required to attend a marriage ceremony in Australia
The minimum number of people required to attend a wedding ceremony in Australia is 5; the Celebrant, the bride, the groom, and 2 witnesses over the age of 18

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Do my witnesses at my wedding ceremony need to be over the age of 18
Yes, your witnesses are required to be over the age of 18. It is implied that they should be able to recognise you, however they can be of any nationality, and do not necessarily need to be able to speak English

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Can my young children sign my commemorative marriage certificate on my wedding day
Yes, they are allowed to sign the back of the commemorative marriage certificate, however they are not legally allowed to sign the witness section on the front, unless they are over the age of 18

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Do I have to say my full legal name during my wedding ceremony
Yes, you are required to utter your full legal name at some stage during your ceremony. This is done in order to identify you to your witnesses

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Will Same Sex marriage ever be legal in Australia
Yes, the VMMR believes that Same Sex Marriage will be legalised in the coming years

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Can anyone get married in Australia
Yes, provided that they are over the age of 18, not married to anyone else, and not directly related to the person they wish to marry

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Do I have to have religious content if I am having a Civil Ceremony
No, the purpose of a Civil Ceremony is to provide freedom of expression. You may choose to add religious content, however it is not a requirement of a legal marriage ceremony

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If I have been married previously which name should I use when getting married again
In this instance you have a choice. You may be legally married under your maiden name, or your previous married name

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Which document do I need to provide to prove that I am divorced
You will need a Divorce Order or Decree Absolute from the Family Court, also known as the Federal Magistrates Court. If you were divorced overseas, you will need proof of divorce from a relevant court in your home country

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What document do I need to provide if my previous marriage ended with the death of my partner
If your previous marriage ended with the death of your partner, you will need to provide a Death Certificate as proof of your eligibility to re-marry

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What happens if I am unable to locate my Divorce Order
Divorce Orders are readily available from the court that issued the order. In Victoria that would be the Family Court, also referred to as the Federal Magistrates Court. You can apply for your Divorce Order online for a small fee

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What happens if my Divorce Order does not come through in time for me to be married
If your Divorce Order does not arrive in time for you to be married, then you will simply be unable to be legally married on your Intended date. In other words, you will need to obtain your Divorce Order before any further legal marriage can proceeed

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How long does it take for Births Deaths and Marriages to register my marriage
Births Deaths and Marriages take between 30 - 60 days to fully register your marriage on their database. Once they have done this, they will be able to issue you with an Official Marriage Certificate, which can be used to get a Passport in your new married name

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Do I have to change my name once I am married
No, there is no requirement for you to change your name. Once you are married, you will have 2 legal names, your maiden name and your married name. You are free to choose how and when to apply those names

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Do I have to legally change my name back to my maiden name if I am divorced
No, because the act of marriage in Australia does not actually change your name. It only gives you the right to use another persons name legally. Once you are separated or divorced, you may choose to continue using that name, or revert to your maiden name. There is no physical administrative change that needs to occur, unless you physically changed your name on your Birth Certificate at the time of marriage, a step we highly discourage

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