In Australia, any two people over the age of 18 can marry provided they are not already married, not in a prohibited relationship and they give real consent. They do not need to be citizens or residents of Australia and they can choose any time and place for their marriage ceremony. Celebrant and member of The Celebrants Network Sonia Collins from Batemans Bay NSW discusses how celebrants are legally required to be sure that both parties consent to the marriage.
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Wednesday 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Celebrant Sonia Collins from Batemans Bay, NSW looks at Forced Marriages and why the issue of consent is so important in relation to marriage.
Underage marriage is a sensitive and complex issue that affects communities around the world. This issue impacts on women and girls who marry at a young age and often without giving consent. Our guest blogger, TCN Celebrant Melanie Lawson - takes us through the stats and legalities of underage and forced marriage...