Submit a notice of objection to someone’s wedding
If you think there are legal reasons why a couple shouldn’t get married or have a civil union, you can lodge a caveat or notice of objection.
What it is
A caveat (for marriages) or a notice of objection (for civil unions) is a written document that explains the legal reasons why you think a couple shouldn’t be allowed a marriage licence.
How to apply
You have to lodge the written caveat or notice of objection before the couple’s marriage licence is issued.
You can lodge it at any registry office.
There's no form to complete, but you need to include:
- your reasons for objecting to the marriage or civil union — if your objection goes to court and a judge thinks your reasons are unreasonable, you can be made to pay compensation to the couple
- your full name and address.
It costs $55 to lodge a caveat or objection.
You can lodge your caveat or objection with more than one registry office if you want to without paying another fee. Include the place and date you lodged the original objection on any copies.
What happens next
An objection lasts for one year unless you withdraw it.
If the couple apply for a marriage licence at a registry office that's received your notice of objection, the Registrar of Marriages sends the objection to the Family Court. The court decides whether the objection is valid or not.
If the court thinks the objection wasn’t valid, they’ll cancel it. They can also tell you to pay compensation to the couple if they think the objection was unreasonable or intended to annoy or distress the couple.