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The Special Marriage Act 1954 encompasses a number of conditions that the marrying couple should fulfill. Explore the marriage laws in India.

Special Marriage Act

The main reason behind the enactment of the Special Marriage Act was to provide a special form of marriage for the people of India and all Indians residing in foreign countries, irrespective of the religion or faith followed by either party, to perform the intended the marriage. According to the Act, the bride and the groom shall observe any ceremonies for the solemnization of their marriage, provided they complete certain formalities that are prescribed for the marriage, by the Act.

The Special Marriage Act 1954 has proved to be beneficial for the NRIs, because it provides for the appointment of diplomatic and consular officers as marriage officers (registrars), for solemnizing and registering marriages between citizens of India, in a foreign country. The Special Marriage Act 1954 is applicable throughout India, except the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Check out the clauses of the Act in the following lines.

Special Marriage Act 1954

The Special Marriage Act states that a marriage between two persons can be legalized, only if the following conditions are satisfied at the time of marriage.