Your rights as a couple
Couples who are married, in a civil partnership (formerly called a registered relationship) or living together (in a de facto relationship) have certain rights.
To find out what you need to know on the practical and legal issues surrounding getting married, registering your relationship as a civil partnership and living together, talk to a family lawyer.
We can help you with information about:
- getting married
- requesting an interview appointment to book a wedding with us
- registering a marriage
- marriage certificates
- changing your name through marriage.
You may also refer to the Happily Ever Before and After pamphlet you are given before your wedding.
Overseas same-sex marriage
From 9 December 2017, the Marriage Act 1961 recognises existing and future marriages solemnised outside Australia where the marriage is registered and valid under the law of that country.
Visit the Australian Attorney-General’s Department for more information.
We can also help you with information about:
- requesting an interview appointment to book a ceremony with us
- registering your civil partnership without a ceremony
- civil partnership certificates
- withdrawing your application to register a civil partnership
- ending a civil partnership
- withdrawing your application to end your civil partnership.
You may also refer to the legal effects of entering a civil partnership.
Living together—de facto relationships
To find out what you need to know about living together (in a de facto relationship):