Now, a lot of us out here get married and get their spouse here. However, amidst all the hustle and bustle of your wedding, you may not have had the time actually to look into the procedures of registering your marriage.
Here’s an updated list of the various acts under which you can get your marriage registered in India, the documents required, the procedure as well as its benefits to clear up all your confusion.
A marriage certificate is beneficial for claiming the family pension, bank deposits, life insurance benefits when the depositee or the Insurer dies without a nomination or otherwise.
The need for a marriage certificate comes up when you need to prove that you are legally married to someone, for purposes like obtaining a passport, visa or changing your maiden name.
It is also helpful in cases of a husband working and living abroad on a work permit or a residence visa and wants the wife to join him or vice-versa. Well, this one is what is important in this context.
In cases of divorce, legal separation, alimony, or custody of children, courts may insist on seeing the marriage certificate.
There are two marriage acts in India—The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and The Special Marriage Act, 1954.
A marriage can be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act if both the husband and wife are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains or have converted to any of these religions.
Marriages under any religion can be registered under this Act. This Act is also applicable to those having an inter-religious marriage and for Indian nationals living abroad.
Note: All the documents attached must be self-attested.
Marriages under both acts must be registered in the respective Gram Panchayat/Municipality/Corporation where the wedding took place.
After the documents are submitted along with the application, there is a 30-day notice period inviting objections.
A copy of the notice is posted on the notice board of the office, and a copy of the notice is sent to the given addresses of both parties.
Registration with the Sub District Magistrate is done after the 30 days’ notice period.
Both parties, along with three witnesses, must be present at the time of registration.