By solemnizing the court marriage procedure, you can give your marriage the legal validity. It is a simple and economical procedure. Upon completion, the participants are given a marriage certificate signed by the Marriage Registrar of the concerned jurisdiction.

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What are the steps involved in a court marriage in Rajasthan?

Informing about the intended marriage

The first step of the procedure of court marriage is to inform the marriage officer of the district about your intention to marry. You have to do this by filling up the court marriage application form (as mentioned in Schedule II of the Act) that can also be downloaded from the internet. You have to submit the form 30 days before the date of the marriage to the officer of the district where either of the participants resides in.

Displaying the Notice

The marriage registrar of the district will display the notice at a prominent place at his office for 30 days. Within this period, anyone can object to the marriage if it is deemed illegal under the Act and the prescribed eligibility conditions. Section 7 of the Special Marriage Act says that any person having an objection to the marriage intended can raise so within 30 days from the publication of the notice.

On the receipt of any such objection, the marriage registrar checks the validity of the same. On being reasonably satisfied with the validity of the objection, the registrar can end the court marriage process then and therein. In this case, the parties may appeal to the concerned district court, against the order of the marriage registrar.

If there is no valid objection, the officer can proceed with the procedure of court marriage, as per the laid down court marriage rules.

Day of Marriage

The bride, groom, and three witnesses need to sign a declaration form in the presence of the marriage registrar or at a location that is reasonably close to the registrar’s office (as per Section 12 of the Special Marriage Act). The declaration would state that the parties are proceeding with the court marriage, in their consent.

Court marriage certificate

Once all the formalities are completed, the marriage registrar inserts the details of the court marriage in the court marriage certificate. This is as per provisions mentioned in Schedule IV of the Special Marriage Act. The certificate will be issued within 15 to 30 days.

The entire court marriage process usually takes 30 to 60 days to complete

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