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Australia

Here are the all the details we have for Australia:


Australian High Commission

Australia House Strand London WC2B 4LA
Tel: (020) 7379 4334
Web: www.australia.org.uk/
Open Mon-Fri: 0900-1700

Source: Foreign Embassies in the UK at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office web site.


Wedding Information

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To get married in this country you will need to bring your original documents and photocopies thereof. English is an official language of this country, so you will probably not need a translation of the following documents to get married:

+ Birth Certificate
Full birth certificate of both bride and groom required.
+ Affidavit
If never previously married, an Affidavit certifying single status.
+ Decree Absolute
If divorced, provide with a court stamp. An additional copy is usually required.
+ Spouse's Death Certificate
If widowed, former spouse's Death Certificate and previous Marriage Certificate.
Together with previous marriage certificate.
+ Proof of Change of Name
Proof that has been stamped and signed by a solicitor is required if either party has changed their name by deed poll or statutory declaration. This also applies if a previously married woman has reverted to using her maiden name.
+ Adoption Certificate
If either party was adopted, adoption certificate is required.
+ Certificate of Intention to Marry
Certificate of Intent to Marry
Obtained from the Australian High Commission prior to travelling.

Other details required for legal statements include:

+ Full Names
Bride and groom's full names.
+ Addresses
Bride and groom's full addresses.
+ Occupations
Bride and groom's occupations.
+ Religions
Bride and groom's religions.

Parents' details:

+ Full Names
Full names of parents if not on Birth Certificate.

Other:

+ Residency
Minimum residency period, excluding day of arrival, in working days.
1 day.
+ Passport
Valid 10-year passport of both bride and groom required.

Marriages abroad are recognised by UK law only if they were were conducted in accordance with the local law of the country - although it cannot be registered at a UK register office. If there is any doubt about the legality, contact the Home Office before making any arrangements.

Seek advice from your GP in case you require any vaccinations or medical advice at least 3 months before departure date.


Hague Convention

Australia is a member of the Hague Convention, so any official documents legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London should be valid.

Source: Member States of the Hague Convention at the Hague Conference on Private International Law web site.

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