An ‘Easy To Fill In But Easy To Make Mistakes’ Document
Filling in a Notice of Intended Marriage looks straight forward – and it is. But there are some common mistakes often made.
If you want to marry in Australia you need to fill in and lodge with your celebrant a Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM) between one and 18 months before your wedding date. You can find this document here New-notice-of-intended-marriage
If you want to know who can marry in Australia, read this or feel free to contact me.
Wherever you are based, you will need to lodge your NOIM with your Celebrant. Although this is reasonably straight forward, often couples make mistakes. I can help you with filling in the form, or if you’re filling out at home, the below may help you avoiding any mistakes.
- Write really really neatly and use capital letters. Or, if your writing is a bit tricky to read, you can type the information
- If you make a mistake, don’t use white-out. Cross the mistake out once with a line, initial it, and write the correct information next to it
- Do not sign until you are in front of your witness, and, if you’re not using your celebrant as your witness, make sure the person you choose is eligible to witness the document. The only eligible witnesses in Australia are:
- Authorised celebrant
- A Commissioner for Declarations
- A Justice of the Peace
- A barrister or solicitor
- A legally qualified medical practitioner
- A member of the Australian Federal Police or police force of State/Territory
Mistakes Made on Specific Questions
Question 3: Usual Occupation
Sometimes people will write ‘administration’ or ‘army’. Think of the following: if someone asked you what you do for a living, you wouldn’t answer ‘I am an administration’ or ‘I am an army’. Therefore you need to write ‘administration assistant’ or ‘soldier’.
Question 5: Conjugal Status
If you’ve never been married then you need to write the words ‘never validly married’ (not ‘never married’)
Question 10: Mother’s Maiden Name
This question is often misunderstood; it requires your mother’s first, middle and her last name at birth.
If you have any specific questions about any of the other elements of this form, please don’t hesitate to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0478 041 227. Always happy to help.