Indian Christian Marriage Act 1872

#1 Jul 10th, 2016, 04:10
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Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone has any experiences marrying under the Christian Marriage Act (CMA), with a similar scenario to myself. I am from the UK, my fiancee is an Indian National. We are both Christians and are looking to marry in India under this Act next year.

I have contacted the High Commission of India as per the advice of the British Government website. However, they only gave me information about the Special Marriage Act and the Foreign Marriage Act. I did explain we were looking for information with regards to the CMA!

Any how.....is is possible for me being a 'foreigner' getting married in India, to marry under the CMA? or do i need to marry under one of the other Acts?

I am really keen to hear from other IMer's who have married under this Act or are going through the process.

Also, did anyone get any legal advice about marrying abroad prior? I know obviously if you have property then it is best too.

Any advice and peoples experiences would be so welcome.

Thank you so much.
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I can only offer this, but you probably know it.

http://www.seasonsindia.com/marriage/christian_sea.htm
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Clairey, welcome to the site!

Nationality does not matter much when marrying in India: religion does. Well, I suppose religion matters everywhere when it comes to the actual ceremony, but I don't know how many countries have different laws, different rights, rules and acts of parliament for different religions.

The Special Marriage Act is not about mixed nationalities. It exists for those who either have different religions and do not want to convert, for those who have no religion at all, and for those who simply do not want a religious marriage ceremony. You would be married by a registrar: it is a civil procedure, analogous to a Register Office marriage in uk.

Does your fiance live in India? I haven't read the Christian Act (well, ok, I glanced once)... are there stipulations about residence? For Special marriage Act, one of the parties has to have lived for 30 days in the jurisdiction of the registrar.

If your fiance attends a church in India, the minister[s] of that church should be able to tell him exactly what is required and what to do.

Just one question: should you get married in India? Where do you intend to settle after marriage? If the answer to that is UK, then I suggest that you have a UK Register-office marriage. You will then have a certificate that will be universally accepted in that country and the easiest thing to use for visas, immigration, citizenship and any other formal matters. You can go to India and do whatever religious ceremony you wish, in church, temple or mosque, and feelit in your hearts as your real marriage --- but that British piece of paper may make life simpler for you both in the future.

My advice is: get [legally] married in the country that you intend to live in.
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Did you not ask this question before ?

Here and also here ?

Has something changed ?
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Some people have the sense to search before asking the internet. nycank has the sense to search before answering!

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Originally Posted by ananda2193 View Post I can only offer this, but you probably know it.

http://www.seasonsindia.com/marriage/christian_sea.htm
Thanks for the link Ananda2
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Clairey, welcome to the site!

Nationality does not matter much when marrying in India: religion does. Well, I suppose religion matters everywhere when it comes to the actual ceremony, but I don't know how many countries have different laws, different rights, rules and acts of parliament for different religions.

The Special Marriage Act is not about mixed nationalities. It exists for those who either have different religions and do not want to convert, for those who have no religion at all, and for those who simply do not want a religious marriage ceremony. You would be married by a registrar: it is a civil procedure, analogous to a Register Office marriage in uk.

Does your fiance live in India? I haven't read the Christian Act (well, ok, I glanced once)... are there stipulations about residence? For Special marriage Act, one of the parties has to have lived for 30 days in the jurisdiction of the registrar.

If your fiance attends a church in India, the minister[s] of that church should be able to tell him exactly what is required and what to do.

Just one question: should you get married in India? Where do you intend to settle after marriage? If the answer to that is UK, then I suggest that you have a UK Register-office marriage. You will then have a certificate that will be universally accepted in that country and the easiest thing to use for visas, immigration, citizenship and any other formal matters. You can go to India and do whatever religious ceremony you wish, in church, temple or mosque, and feelit in your hearts as your real marriage --- but that British piece of paper may make life simpler for you both in the future.

My advice is: get [legally] married in the country that you intend to live in.
Thanks Nick. Appreciate your response.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Did you not ask this question before ?

Here and also here ?

Has something changed ?
Before I asked about what visa I needed and whether I needed to stay in India for 30 days.
I searched the forum for CMA info but couldn't find much so I thought I'd start a new thread. Also, I was hoping to hear of people's experience's in a similar situation.
I didn't realise I'd be made to sound stupid. I thought this was meant to be a friendly and supportive group. Thanks.
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Everyone is still very friendly here; friendliness is also in the eyes of the beholder, and so it seems to me that you lacked it at the moment you responded above.

It is naive to think that you suddenly get new readers, just because you start a new thread. So you'd better have continued with your one thread (actually already two of them?). It is also a good idea to keep the information provided together in one place, so it is more useful for future readers.

Edit: If you want to add special emphasis to a new question when posting in one and the same thread, you can add an intermediate title to your post, which also helps google later to find it better. Therefore there is no need to start a new thread.
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Originally Posted by Clairey View Post Before I asked about what visa I needed and whether I needed to stay in India for 30 days.
I searched the forum for CMA info but couldn't find much so I thought I'd start a new thread. Also, I was hoping to hear of people's experience's in a similar situation.
I didn't realise I'd be made to sound stupid. I thought this was meant to be a friendly and supportive group. Thanks.
Sorry for any offence. Also, please understand that some of us have known each other online for a while, and the banter happens --- feel free to join in. Or not... either way, you're welcome.

If you go ahead with the Indian-church wedding, do please post your experiences, bureaucratic and otherwise. They will be very, very useful for others who also want to do this. We don't have much Indian-church marriage info on the site: please help to correct this!

Here's the thing about marrying "foreigners" in India: I have been to weddings Hindu, Muslim and Christian. Apart from one, where both parties came from UK and, I strongly suspect both may have been British citizens, I have no clue whether "foreigners" were involved. In every case, apart, of course, from my own, all were various shades of brown, ie Indian origin. But many return from USA, UK, [the rest of] Europe, etc etc, and many of those have taken that nationality. They may even have been born there. In law, visa-wise, immigration-wise, marriage-wise, everything-wise, they are just as foreign as you and I .

I posted elsewhere to the effect the marriage of Venkat to Elizabeth Jones may be perceived, especially by the parties involved, to be different to the marriage of Arjun to Nagalakshmi (who was born and bred in USA and has always had American citizenship and passport) --- but, legally, it isn't!

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