Marriage (Indian Special Marriage Act of 1954) Registration in a different state?

#1 May 9th, 2015, 18:19
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Hi..Me & my Norwegian lover have decided to get married this July and start living under same national legal system. (Because to be able to meet only twice a year for brief period as cross-border lovers is not what we want, obviously.)

We are opting for civil marriage in absence of my family's consent except my mother's. We have her blessing. Now is it possible to live for instance in Shillong, Meghalaya for a month and file for intended marriage with Marriage Registrar over there?
#2 May 10th, 2015, 13:22
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Quick answer is Yes. Long answer is check with the local regulation, as registration is a state function. Why Meghalaya ?
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I don't know. Meghalaya has a beautiful hill station to be its capital.. closer to the sky, among the clouds. Large view over the valley and the surrounding hills makes me realize totality of my being. I spent six wonderful years studying at boarding school in Panchgani before.
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Unless over-ridden by local regulations, the SMA says 30 days residence in the jurisdiction of the registrar.

That's the letter of the law, but in practice, how is one going to prove that? How long is it going to take to official stuff like, for instance, driving licence with local address, telephone bill, the usual stuff that may be asked for.

One month of hotel/guest-house bills? I have no idea of that would be considered residence, even for an Indian citizen.

The big question here is, where do you intend to live after marriage? If it is India, start now, set up a home there, change the address on your driving licence, get a landline phone, EB in your name (if possible) etc etc. Then you are all set for marriage ...and life

If it is Norway, then obviously things are a little more complex because of visa issues, but it is still a good idea to get married in the country in which you intend to live. For starters, officials there will find their own paperwork instantly acceptable.

As to the family, there is no reason whatsoever that the registrar should have any contact with them at all. When you give notice, they will post it on a board at their office. Nobody sees that board, unless they specifically go to look for it. Legally, you do not need your family's consent to the marriage at all. As long as you both qualify re age etc, it is none of the registrar's business what your family think. If you are unlucky you might land up with some guy with misguided ideas that their job does include such interference, or that it offers the opportunity for palm greasing to overlook what was never needed in the first place.
#5 May 11th, 2015, 00:43
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A romantic place indeed. I must visit my relations there..

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