Learn the process of court marriage in Nepal outlined below.

Court marriage or marriage registration (also known as ‘Paper Marriage’) is a legal way to marry. The couple appears before a competent court and registers their marriage by signing legal papers in front of a judge. The implementation of the ‘Muluki Civil Code’ has resulted in new legal provisions concerning marriage.

The implementation of the ‘Muluki Civil Code’ has resulted in new legal provisions concerning marriage. Marriages in Nepal are now registered in a district court following the implementation of this code.

There are currently 77 district courts in operation, and applicants may register their marriage in any of them based on their residence or convenience.

The Muluki Civil Code Section 70 lists the following requirements for a man and a woman to marry.

  • Both the man and the woman must accept one another as husband and wife.
  • Married couples must not be related by blood in order to be punished for incest.
  • Both the man and the woman must be single, unmarried, or divorced.
  • Both men and women must be at least 20 years old.

Required Documents

  • Copy of Passport if you are a foreigner/travel document holder or a Permanent Resident Card holder
  • Copy of Citizenship if you are a Nepali
  • Temporary Stay Letter; if you are a foreigner or not a permanent resident of Kathmandu
  • Passport sized photograph (4 pcs)
  • Witness- one for each of the applicant
  • if you have been previously married then a divorce decree is required

The Benefits of Court Marriage in Nepal

  • The procedure is quick and efficient. In some cases, the entire procedure can be finished in a single day.
  • It is inexpensive. Because it is a formal registration in a court of law.
  • Court marriage is legal and enforceable in other countries. It is extremely convenient for visa processing.
  • There are no additional restrictions. Applicants do not need to worry about social or family matters as long as the above requirements are met. Inter-caste or inter-religious marriages benefit from court marriage the most.
  • The relevant District court issues a marriage registration certificate.
  • Because there are fewer invitees, this is a wise decision. Especially in the post-Covid-19 scenario, where mass gathering is risky, if not illegal.

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Kathmandu District Court in Kathmandu Nepal

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