So, you’re busily and happily planning your wedding and looking forward to a wonderful future together.

But your Celebrant is then telling you about family relationship services or counselling or pre-marriage education… Why?

The truth of the matter is that each Celebrant must comply with the Marriage Act, which specifies that they must conduct themselves in accordance with a Code of Practice (contained as Schedule 1A of the Regulations). Specifically, Item 6 of the Code states: “Knowledge and understanding of family relationships services. A marriage celebrant must maintain an up to date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and also inform parties about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.”

Your celebrant will be able to provide you with details of services specific, and will also provide you with a copy of the Government issued booklet “Happily Ever … Before and After”. This booklet specifically discusses Family Relationships Online, which is an Australian Government Initiative.

You can contact Family Relationships Online at:  or by phone on 1899 050 321.

Just like a plant needs watering and taking care of, so does your relationship and sometimes its good to get some advice and an outside perspective. So by providing you with this information, know you have help available should you ever need it. And like in any relationship sometimes conflict presents us with the opportunity to grow closer and gain more understanding of each other. :)