Telly 4th February 2021 by Adele Miner
Are The Married At First Sight Weddings Legally Binding?
SURELY not, right?!
Watching Married At First Sight Australia, it’s easy for your mind to start to wander on the extremities of the situation. Are these people mad? Are their marriages actually real? And why do some people get great honeymoons and others end up on a farm somewhere?
While we don’t have the answers to all of those questions, we do have the answer to one. A rep has revealed earlier this week that the marriages we see on screen are not exactly legally binding, and here’s how.
The couples on the show don’t legally tie the knot, but instead, take part in a commitment ceremony. Explaining why this is, the rep told Now To Love:
“In order to comply with the Australian Marriage Act (1961) which requires one month and one-day notification, a marriage in law was not conducted”
“Each participant embarked on a commitment ceremony with a wedding celebrant with all due intention to commit fully to this union for the duration of the experiment. At the end of the experiment, they are given the option to continue with the relationship or go their separate ways.”
So yeah, luckily for Lizzie and Brosnan they’re not actually legally bound to their other halves.
However, while this is the case for the Australian version of the show, Closer has confirmed that this is not the case for the UK version, which sees all couples take part in legal civil ceremonies in licensed venues – jeesh, talk about commitment.
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