This article will explain the steps involved in registering a marriage in Nepal, with an emphasis on what is known as a “court marriage.”
Requirements for Court Marriage in Nepal
In Nepal, Section 70 of the Civil Code of 2017 lays out four requirements for getting married:
- Both man and woman accept each other as wife and husband.
- If the man and woman are not related by blood, they cannot be punished for incest.
- If the man and woman are not already married.
- If both the man and woman are above 20 years of age.
The rule, on the other hand, requires people of a certain caste to marry their relatives if they are culturally accepting of the practice.
The processes of Marriage Registration
Marriage registration can be started in one of three ways:
- Marriage registration at a court (“Court marriage”)
- Couples who have already married through a social/religious ceremony will register their marriage (Receiving the marriage certificate from the ward office)
- An embassy or consulate office may register a marriage.
Required doplusents of court marriage
Anyone wishing to register their marriage must file an application with the appropriate district court, along with the following doplusents:
- Application form in the specified format, duly filled out and signed;
- Original and notarized copy of applicants’ citizenship certificate; original and notarized copy of witness’s citizenship certificate;
- Both applicants must submit recommendation letters from their local wards attesting to their single or unmarried status.
- Letters of recommendation for temporary residence from local ward offices–This is needed for both applicants;
- 4 copies of passport-size photos for each person; and a bank voucher for Rs 500 as a court fee.
The following doplusents must be present for any foreign citizen who wishes to perform a court marriage in Nepal:
- No letter of objection from the respective embassy or consulate is required to marry in Nepal. This must be translated into Nepali and notarized by a public notary.
- The law of the country in question about marriage. This act must be translated into Nepali and notarized by a public notary.
Procedure for registering a marriage in court
Step 1: All applicants must complete an application and sign it in person.
Step 2: The court authority verifies all of the records. The court will register the application after it has been verified, and an appointment date will be set.
Step 3: All claimants, as well as their witnesses, must appear in court on the scheduled date.
Step 4- If all of the paperwork is completed correctly and all of the legal requirements are met, the judge will approve the marriage registration application and the court administration will issue a certificate.