Court marriages in India is a trend which refuses to settle down. Though it is something which is not new, and not many people would go this way to get married, but as the level of education, awareness and obviously cost of nearly everything rises, again young couple plan their wedding at a courthouse and give an elaborate joint reception. But the question is if people know enough about it to actually think of it as a viable marriage option!
Court marriages in India are governed by — the Special Marriage Act, 1954, which provides for marriage by civil ceremony between parties belonging to different religions. Even parties of the same religion may, however, choose a court marriage over rituals and ceremonies.
Court Marriage Procedure
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COURT MARRIAGE: CONDITIONS
No Previous Marriage Valid: Neither party should have a living husband or wife. Any previous marriage should no longer be valid.
Valid Consent: Both parties should be competent to give valid consent. The parties should be capable of speaking their mind and entering into a marriage of their own will.
Age: The male must have completed 21 years and the female 18 years of age.
Fit for Procreation: Neither of the parties should be unfit for the procreation of children.
Prohibited Relationship: Parties should not be within degrees of prohibited relationship as provided in Schedule I; however, if the customs and traditions of the religion of any one of the parties permit so, then it shall be valid.
This pretty much all we need to know about court marriages in India. So if you are full with your share of the big fat Indian wedding, then do give this a thought and have an economical way to weddings!
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