Court Marriage in Nepal | Marriage Registration in Nepal: Executive Summary with Latest Updates- Exclusive 3 Mins Read

Court Marriage in Nepal

Posted On March 21, 2022

Court Marriage in Nepal | Marriage Registration in Nepal: Executive Summary with Latest Updates – Exclusive 3 Mins Read

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Updated: 24-March-2022

Court marriage or marriage registration (sometimes also referred as ‘Paper Marriage’) is a legal process to get married. The marrying couple appears before a competent court and register marriage by signing legal papers before a judge.

With the implementation of the ‘Muluki Civil Code’ new legal provisions regarding marriage has been enforced. After the implementation of this code, marriages are registered in a district court in Nepal. There are currently 77 district courts, and applicants may register marriage in any of the courts, depending on their residence or convenience.

Section 70 of the Muluki Civil Code lists the following criteria for a man and a woman to get married.

  1. Both man and woman must accept each other as wife and husband.
  2. Marrying couple must not be in blood relation such that they can be punished for incest.
  3. Both man and woman must be unmarried or single or divorced.
  4. Both man and woman must have attained 20 years of age.

However, the law has created a reservation for the caste (tribe) where it is culturally acceptable to marry one’s relatives.

Court Marriage in Nepal is executed as per the legal provision mentioned in Section 77 of the Muluki Civil Code. For the purpose of this article, ‘man’ and ‘woman’ are collectively referred as ‘Applicants’.

The requirement for the Court Marriage or Marriage Registration is very simple and straightforward. An application can be filed in the District Court of the respective district where the Applicants reside. The law requires Man or Woman or both Applicants to have stayed at least 15 days in the respective district where the application is being filed. In case if Applicants are outside Nepal , they can apply in the respective Nepali Embassy or Consulate. If Applicants are outside Nepal, they must demonstrate that they have stayed at least 15 days in the Country where the application is being filed. [However, due to lack of the procedural directives, the Nepali Embassies in foreign countries have not initiated the marriage registration process.]

Information Required for Court Marriage in Nepal:

  • Details of Applicants – Full name; address; occupation; father’s and mother’s name; grandfather’s and grandmother’s name; citizenship number and place of issue; details about previous marriage/divorce (not required for persons never married before).
  • Details of all witnesses – Full name; address; age; citizenship number and place of issue.

Documents Required from Nepali Citizens for Court Marriage in Nepal:

  • Duly filled and signed application form in the prescribed format [Prepared by an Attorney].
  • Consensus paper in the prescribed format [Prepared by an Attorney].
  • Recommendation letter from local ward office for temporary residence. This is only required if the application is being filed in a different district other than the district of permanent residence [Issued by the Local Government].
  • Unmarried or single status recommendation letter issued from the local government. This is required for both the Applicants [Issued by the respective Ward Office of the Applicants].
  • Original citizenship of the Applicants.
  • Original citizenship of two witnesses.
  • Passport sized photographs of Applicants.
  • Court fee deposited bank voucher equivalent to NPR 500.

For foreign citizen(s) willing to perform a Court Marriage in Nepal, the following documents are needed:

  • No Objection Certificate/ Unmarried or Single Affidavit/ or any other document provided by the respective government or embassy or consulate stating the eligibility of the applicant to get married in Nepal. If a document is issued by a foreign government, such documents must be attested by the competent authority like Ministry of Foregin Affairs. This must be translated in to Nepali language and attested by a Notary public.
  • An excerpt of the marriage law of respective country. This must be translated in Nepali language and attested by a Nepali Notary public.
  • Passport and valid visa issued by the Government of Nepal. This must be attested by a Nepali Notary public.

Registration Process:

Applicants and all witnesses must appear at the District Court (in case if applicants are in Nepal); or the Embassy or Consulate of Nepal (in case if applicants are abroad), and register the application along with the required documents. After that applicants must appear before the judge or consulate general and sign in the log book (marriage register). At the end of the process, Applicants shall receive one ‘Certificate of Marriage Registration’. The whole process can take from 1 to 2 days depending on the district court.

Advantages of Court Marriage in Nepal:

  • The process is fast and saves time. In some cases, the whole process can be completed in a single day.
  • Cost effective. Since it’s a formal registration done in a court of law.
  • Court marriage is legally accepted and enforceable in foreign countries. Very convenient for visa processing.
  • No additional limitations. As long as the requirements stated above are met, applicants don’t have to worry about social or family affairs. Court marriage is especially favorable for inter-caste or inter religious marriages.
  • A marriage registration certificate is issued by the respective District court.
  • Smart move due to fewer invitees. Especially in the post Covid-19 scenario where mass gathering is risky let alone prohibited.

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21 Comments

  1. Sagar Kumar Chaudhary

    what are the procedures for getting court marriage in Nepal ?

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    • Sabina Bashyal

      We want to marry with each others but i am not 20 years old but he is 26 years… We both accept us we really wany want to marry with each other ❤️

      Reply
      • Lawchintan

        Good luck! Get in touch with us for legal registration. Give us a call at +977 9866556697.

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    • Lawchintan

      Contact us @ +977 9866556697 or email at info@lawchintan.com for more information.

      Reply
  2. Sagar Kumar Chaudhary

    I want to do an urgent court marriage.will u please help me for the same.

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  3. Milan rokka

    Palikaa baata navayr ma sida cort marriage certificate banaunau chahanxu tesko lagi proceed k k hunx

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    • Chintan Law Associates

      Dear Milan ji,

      While we appreciate your inquiry here, we urge you to contact our client support @9866556697 or email at info@lawchintan.com or Facebook page of Chintan Law Associates.

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    • Lawchintan

      Contact us @ +977 9866556697 or email at info@lawchintan.com for more information.

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  4. Sagar

    I am in foreign country and i am nepali
    Can i make court marriage certificate and how??

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    • Lawchintan

      Please contact our office +977 9866556697 or 01-4264011
      Email: info@lawchintan.com

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    • Lawchintan

      You can consult with Nepali embassy if it is available in the country that you currently live in. Otherwise, you must visit Nepal to get married.

      Reply
  5. Rupesh Mishra

    After getting the court marriage certificate completing all the procedures, I have few queries:
    A. Within how many days the application should be submitted to notify (about marriage registry) the ward office of my permanent address?
    B. What to write in the application that is to submitted to the ward office of my permanent address?
    – In your video you had told that “Niwedan deara ward office lae notice dinu perxa ra byohora dea paxi adhyawadhi garaunu parxa”. I didn’t understand this phrase. Please clear this.
    C. After notifying about registration of marriage what is the next step of ward office of my permanent address?

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    • Lawchintan

      Please contact our office +977 9866556697 or 01-4264011
      Email: info@lawchintan.com

      Reply
    • Lawchintan

      Please contact us by email at info@lawchintan.com or by calling us at +977 9866556697.

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  6. Usman

    Yasma kharcha kati lagchha sir

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    • Lawchintan

      Please contact our office +977 9866556697 or 01-4264011
      Email: info@lawchintan.com

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    • Lawchintan

      Please request a fee quote by contacting us via email at info@lawchintan.com or by calling us at +977 9866556697

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    • Lawchintan

      Contact us @ +977 9866556697 or email at info@lawchintan.com for more information.

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