Court Marriage Procedure

  • Applying for court marriage is not a very lengthy process. You just need some documents and follow certain procedures. The process is nearly same as in any other city.
  • The parties have to file a Notice of Intended Marriage in the specified form to the Marriage Registrar of the district in which at least one of the parties to the marriage has resided for a period of not less than 30 days immediately preceding the date on which such notice is given.
  • The notice is then published/put-up by the Registrar of Marriage inviting objections if any.
  • The notice consists of details of the man and the woman – name, date of birth – with their photographs.
  • This notice is published/put-upon the registrar office notice board for 30 days. During this time, if anybody has objections to this intended marriage, the person can approach the registrar and file his complaint with appropriate evidence. Objections can be anything – below the legal age of marriage, one of the parties is already married. These objections have to be investigated and verified by the registrar.
  • After the expiration of 30 days from the date on which notice of intended marriage has been published, the marriage may be solemnized unless it has been objected by any person.
  • If there are no objections, marriage can be solemnized on any day within the next three months. You will have to inform the office in advance the date you wish to get married and have it registered. If three months have lapsed since your notification, the entire process starts from scratch.
  • The marriage may be solemnized at the specified Marriage Office.
  • On the said date of registration/solemnization, the bride and the groom should be present at the registrar’s office along with three witnesses. They are made to read vows and sign on the register, thereby solemnizing their marriage.
  • If the bride and groom wish, they can exchange rings or garlands at the time of registration. Most registrars do not object to such small ceremonies.
  • You can collect the marriage certificate within a week after the marriage is registered.

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