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[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']O[/dropcaps]ne of the most significant days in the international LGBTIQ+ calendar is 17 May. Each year, on this day, the LGBTIQ+ community around the world celebrates...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]he impacts of the COVID-19 restrictions on weddings and funerals have been significant.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_raw_html]JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGeEVocWxhbmhwb0klMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvdyUzRCUyMmFjY2VsZXJvbWV0ZXIlM0IlMjBhdXRvcGxheSUzQiUyMGVuY3J5cHRlZC1tZWRpYSUzQiUyMGd5cm9zY29wZSUzQiUyMHBpY3R1cmUtaW4tcGljdHVyZSUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRSUzQyUyRmNlbnRlciUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Wedding plans have been thrown into disarray, shattering many couples’ dreams of the wedding...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]he journey to become a parent is not always easy for any couple. Increasingly, in Australia, surrogacy is a journey that more and more people –...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps] he big day has come and gone and what a magical day it was. Having some private time together or heading off on a family moon...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps] s a marriage celebrant, the question same sex couples ask me most is whether one of them needs to change their last name, after they’ve got...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']O[/dropcaps]ne of the trends that has emerged since marriage equality became a reality in Australia is the spike in numbers of LGBTIQ+ couples who are deeply...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']S[/dropcaps]ince the historic day of 9 December 2017, when the marriage equality law was passed in the Australian Parliament, there’s been no looking back. The momentum...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]he change in Australian marriage law allowing LGBT couples to get married opened up immigration opportunities that didn't previously exist. Primarily, the Prospective Marriage Visa (otherwise known as...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']S[/dropcaps]o, you’ve got the sounds of wedding bells in your ears, right? And it’s time for the world to know about your “officially married” status?  Congrats...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]n Australia, post the Marriage Amendment Act 2017, the same law applies to straight couples and LGBT couples. I get queries from time to time, from...