Family & Relationships

Are potentially polygamous marriages recognised in Australia?

In Ghazel and Anor [2016] FamCAFC 31 (4 March 2016) the Full Court heard a wife's appeal against the decision to dismiss her application to have her marriage declared valid. The Full Court determined that, whilst her Iran marriage could become a potentially polygamous marriage due to the marriage laws in Iran, the Marriage Act had no provision which excluded recognition of her marriage. As such, the Court determined that a potentially polygamous marriage (i.e as in Iran a man could take up to 3 other wives) was not at odds with the Australian Marriage Act.