Many couples today have become conscious of not having a grand five-day wedding because of many factors. They may not be having the means to throw an elaborate bash, may not be willing to spend all that money on a wedding or maybe thinking of the environment and the amount of waste opulent bashes generate.
If you're considering having a court wedding too but don't know the procedure then we've got a step by step guide for you to follow.
Disclaimer: It's a lot more than just signing a piece of paper and being pronounced man and wife.
From the documents required to the prerequisites of getting married in the Indian court of law, we've got all the details for you.
The court marriage rules are given under Section 4 of the Special Marriage Act and both the individuals have to meet the essential conditions prescribed in the act before mutually entering or signing the Civil Marriage Contract.
Without certain documents, the legal marriage process in court would not be possible so carrying these is essential:
The affidavit about Court Marriage must contain the following:
- Date of birth
- Marital Status (Unmarried, divorced or widowed)
- A statement affirming that the parties are not related to each other under the prohibited degree of relationships
- 2 passport size photographs of both bride and groom
- Copy of divorce decree/order in case of a divorcee and death certificate of spouse in case of widow/widower
A family member, a friend, colleague, can be a witness to a court marriage. There must be three witnesses for the solemnization of valid Court Marriage.
Documents required from the witness:
There are six steps when it comes to a court marriage in India:
Step One: Notice of Intended Marriage
The first step is acquiring the notice of the intended marriage. One has to send a written notice to the marriage registrar showing the intention of the parties to marry each other. One needs to send the notice to the office of the marriage registrar, in whose district either of the party resides for a minimum of 30 days before sending the notice.
Step Two: Publishing of Notice
The notice sent to the office of the marriage registrar shall be published by the marriage officer by affixing it to a place in his office which is clearly visible while keeping the original copy of the notice in his notice book.
Step Three: Objection to Marriage
Any person who has an objection to the marriage so intended can raise the objection within 30 days from the date of publication of notice by the marriage registrar. If the registrar finds the objection raised is correct then the process for the marriage will end. But if he/she finds the objection unjustified then the court marriage will be proceeded with.
Step Four: Declaration by Parties and Witnesses
After this, the declarations need to be signed by the parties and witnesses. Before the Court Marriage is finalized, the Court Marriage form has to be signed by the parties along with three witnesses declaring that the parties are doing the marriage with free consent. The declaration Court Marriage form has to be signed in the presence of the marriage registrar.
Step Five: Place and Form of Solemnization
The solemnisation of Court Marriage can take place at the office of the marriage registrar or any other place at a reasonable distance. You can even solemnise the procedure by filling up an online form. The Court Marriage application online includes the payment procedure of Court Marriage fees to complete it.
Step Six: Procedure for Marriage Certificate
Once the solemnization of the marriage takes place according to the rules and regulations of Court Marriage, the marriage registrar enters the details of the marriage, in the marriage certificate. The Court Marriage certificate is proof of a valid marriage statement signed by the parties and their witnesses. It can even be downloaded online.
So, ready to tie the knot in a civil ceremony?
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