Married At First Sight Australia reveal whether weddings are actually legally binding

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·1-min read

From Cosmopolitan

A rep for Married At First Sight Australia has revealed whether the marriages, which sees two strangers tie the knot, are actually legally binding.

For many reasons, the Australian version of the show is quite different to the UK series. Thanks to the set-up being more like a reality TV show, there's way more drama - but the actual legalities of their weddings appear different, too.

According to a MAFSA network rep, the likes of Sam Ball and Lizzie Sobanoff don't actually tie the knot in the eyes of the law, but instead partake in a commitment ceremony.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

"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," the rep explained to Now to Love.

"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."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

As for the UK version? Closer say the marriages are legit, and are legal civil ceremonies – never religious, taking place at a proper, licensed venue.

Series six of Married At First Sight Australia is currently airing on E4, and we've *obviously* done some stalking to find out where the couples are now and what they look like on social media.

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