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Marriage – The Basics

The law regulating marriage in Australia is a federal law, and is contained in theĀ Marriage Act 1961 (Cth). The Act sets out who may marry, who may perform the marriage ceremony, how it is to be conducted, and where and when it may be performed. Sections given are from that Act unless otherwise i...

What is recognised as a marriage?

Same-sex relationships Same-sex marriages are now recognised as a marriage under Australian law. This follows the growing recognition of the human rights of same-sex couples that have been established in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Australia has fin...

Duties, Responsibilities and Other Matters

Property Property belonging to a husband or wife before their marriage generally remains their individual property after marriage. This includes furniture, bank accounts, vehicles and other household goods. There is no legal requirement to transfer property into joint names. Property acquired af...

Page last updated 13/12/2017

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