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NSW Marriage Overseas Without Marriage Certificate

Discussion in 'Family Law Forum' started by dalia part, 23 February 2016.

  1. dalia part

    dalia part Well-Known Member

    24 July 2015
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    Hi, sir or madam

    My friend is from Lebanon and he is Lebanese. He has an Australian citizenship and was marriage in Australia 2005. He had a separation in 2008 but it was not a divorce, yet. In 2010, when he return to Lebanon, he got married to a Lebanese woman, using a Lebanese ID.

    Lebanese Law has nothing to do with Australia at all, and he did not register his second wife in Australia. He just divorced his Australian wife in 2012. He can't have his second wife in Australia, but now the first wife is saying he was marriage in Lebanon. She wants to cause problems for him because he did not pay child support in time.

    She told him she will let Australian government know he was married overseas before the divorce.

    He is a Muslim and he can marry 4 women in Lebanon together. He also did not use his Australian ID & married thought Lebanon law & ID and by his religion, too. His second wife will never come to stay in Australia anyway.

    Can his first wife give him problems due to that fact that he is without any marriage certificate to show that he was married overseas, and if she can't get it, can the Australian government believe her without document & charge him, even if he used his first country's ID, laws & religion?

    Also, there is no way he can get the marriage certificate with his second wife. He asked legal aid in Australia & they told him that without a marriage certificate, she can do nothing even under Australian family law because there is no document.

    1- Can Australia charge him without marriage certificate just because she thinks he was married?
    2- If they charge him will be just fine because he did not use Australian ID&his marriage not register in Australia&also in his first country he can marriage up to 4 wives together without broken the law in Lebanon, but in Australia just one wife.
    many thanks
  2. AllForHer

    AllForHer Well-Known Member

    23 July 2014
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    If he was legally married in Australia, there will be a marriage certificate in the system somewhere, and in Australia, it means his second marriage would be annulled because he was legally married at the time of his second marriage.

    However, I'm not sure how this interacts with Lebanese law. You'd need to speak to a solicitor familiar with Lebanese law to have these questions answered properly.
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