Marriage  Education

“A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of strong and respectful family relationships [...] A marriage celebrant must maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships services in the community; and inform the parties to the marriage about the range of information and services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.” — Schedule 2, Code of Practice for marriage celebrants – Marriage Regulations 2017.

Most of us are aware of the divorce statistics. “Analysis of the most recent available data shows that the expectation of divorce is increasing. If a newly-born group of babies was exposed to 1997-1999 rates of marriage, widowhood, divorce, remarriage and mortality, 32% of their marriages would end in divorce. This is an increase on the proportion expected if 1990-1992 rates were applied (29%) and if 1985-1987 rates were applied (28%).” — Australian Bureau of Statistics

But relationship education (pre-marital courses, marriage education, guidance and counselling) is helping to increase the chances of a successful and lasting marriage. The results are noticeable - a 30% better chance of having your marriage be one of the success stories.

During your initial meeting with me, I will give you a copy of the official Form 14A, which provides you with some important information on the value of marriage education and marriage counselling. You can also read this online.

From 🔗 Family Relationships Online (An Australian Government Initiative):

Information you might find useful

  • 10 ways to become a better partner - 10 steps you can take to maximise your relationships so that you feel valued, loved and nurtured, and to minimise becoming a relationship casualty.
  • Managing conflict - Although conflict is a normal part of our relationships and is perfectly healthy if handled well, it sometimes escalates and becomes destructive. This factsheet offers tips and ideas for managing conflict well.
  • Getting married - Information for couples intending to marry. This includes information about finding the right marriage celebrant, participating in a marriage ceremony, and getting married overseas.
  • Family Relationships Online: Resources and publications - There is a wide range of services available to help families to build better relationships or to help deal with separation.
  • Partners: A guide to successful relationships (downloadable PDF by Relationships Australia)

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  • For your interest, I have listed a few resources below of various recommended premarital education and marriage counselling services:




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