More Australians are in de facto relationships, and more are choosing non-religious ceremonies if they do decide to marry.
This article looks at trends in marriage, de facto relationships and divorce between 19, as well as the effect of these trends on the family. Over the last two decades, the crude marriage rate fell from 6.9 registered marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population in 1990 to 5.4 marriages per 1,000 estimated resident population in 2010.
Also includes how to get a copy of your Certificate of Divorce.
Information on when, where and how to get a divorce.
Many people in de facto couples expect their relationship to lead to marriage.
In 2006-07, of the 1.6 million people aged 18 years and over who were in a de facto relationship, just over two fifths (42%) of them expected to enter into a registered marriage with their current partner.
The website address is: Birth, death and marriage certificates are obtained from the state registry where the birth, death or marriage occurred.
Births, Deaths and Marriages Registries also deal with adoptions and official changes of name and sex.
In contrast, in 2010, 69% of marriage ceremonies were conducted by civil celebrants, up from 42% in 1990.General guide to requirements which may need to be met in order for a marriage to be legal in another country.Information on legal issues around divorce and separation.This page links to the individual state and territory registries.Information about getting married in Australia: finding the right Marriage Celebrant; providing notice of your intended marriage; fees; and the Certificate of Marriage issued to couples.
Living together In 2009-10, 11% (1.9 million) of Australians aged 18 years and over were living in a de facto relationship, while 53% were in a registered marriage.