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What Are The Rules And Regulations To Follow For Court Marriage?

December 8, 2017

Marriage is a beautiful relationship where two people take vows to live with each other for their whole life. Marriage in India is generally a family affair but sometimes people opt for the court marriage due to several reasons.

More about the Court Marriage

People of all the religions are free to marry under this type of marriage and every person holds a free right to choose court marriage over the traditional ritual marriage. This marriage is much different from the usual marriage as it does not require any approval from the parents of the bride and the groom.

How Does Such Marriage Take Place

Court Marriage is much different from the traditional form of marriage before going for the court marriage a prior registration is mandatory. This registration cannot be done online the interested parties have to be present before the marriage officer to get the marriage registered. The marriage only requires the consent of the two adults i.e. the boy and the girl. The applicants just have to fill two forms which are:

a.The Notice of the Marriage
b.Declaration of the Bride and the Groom

There are some pre-requisites for the court marriage which are as follows:
1. No valid marriage– Neither party should have a valid previous marriage or living husband and wife.
2. Consent– The two parties who apply for the court marriage must do so with the consent, neither of the parties should be doing so under any kind of pressure.
3. Legal Age– The girls should not be less than 18 years of age and the boy should not be less than 21 years of age.
4. Fit for Procreation– Both the parties should be fit for the procreation of the children.
5. Prohibited relationship– Both the parties should not be under the prohibited relationship provided under Schedule I.

Steps to the Marriage

1. Notice-A notice is to be given in by both the parties specifying their interest to marry. This notice is given to the marriage officer of the district in which at least either of the party has stayed for a minimum 30 days before the marriage.
2. Format-The notice is to be given in the specified format which is available under Schedule II of the act.

Important Details

The Marriage officer published the notice at a noticeable place in the office, but in a court marriage, any person can raise objections based on the grounds listed in Chapter II, Section 4. The objection is raised to the Marriage Officer and for this appeal can be filed by either party. If there are no objections then the marriage can take place in the presence of the three witnesses. The documents are then duly signed by the bride and the groom and the witnesses.

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