You need to get permission from a Family Court judge if:
A Family Court judge can give their consent if they’re satisfied that:
If both of you are aged 16 or 17, you both need to apply for consent by filling out separate copies of the 3 forms below.
If one of you is aged 18 or older, only the younger person needs to fill out the 3 forms.
The judge may want to talk to you both before deciding to give consent; they may also want to talk to your parent or guardian. This means you’ll be asked to come to the Family Court for a hearing.
The judge may appoint a lawyer to speak for you at the hearing, but you’ll still need to attend. You won’t need to pay for the lawyer.
The judge may also appoint a lawyer to assist the court or ask an expert for a report about you and your culture. This information helps the judge to make their decision.
If the judge grants consent, you’ll receive a Court Order. You’ll need to give this to Births, Deaths and Marriages when you apply for a marriage licence or a civil union licence.