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Special Marriage Act, 1954

Contents
Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title extend and commencement
2 Definitions
3 Marriage Officers
Chapter II Solemnization Of Special Marriages
4 Conditions relating to solemnization of special marriages
5 Notice of intended marriage
6 Marriage Notice Book and publication
7 Objection to marriage
8 Procedure on receipt of objection
9 Powers of Marriage Officers in respect of inquiries
10 Procedure on receipt of objection by Marriage Officer abroad
11 Declaration by parties and witnesses
12 Place and form of solemnization
13 Certificate of marriage
14 New notice when marriage not solemnized within three months
Chapter III Registration Of Marriages Celebrated In Other Forms
15 Registration of marriages celebrated in other forms
16 Procedure for registration
17 Appeals from orders under section 16
18 Effect of registration of marriage under this Chapter
Chapter IV Consequences Of Marriage Under This Act
19 Effect of marriage on member of undivided family
20 Rights and disabilities not affected by Act
21 Succession to property of parties married under Act
21A Special provision in certain cases
Chapter V Restitution Of Conjugal Rights And Judicial Separation
22 Restitution of conjugal rights
23 Judicial separation
Chapter VI Nullity Of Marriage And Divorce
24 Void marriages
25 Voidable marriages
26 Legitimacy of children of void and voidable marriages
27 Divorce
27A Alternate relief in divorce proceedings
28 Divorce by mutual consent
29 Restriction on petitions for divorce during first three years after marriage
30 Remarriage of divorced persons
31 Court to which petition should be made
32 Contents and verification of petitions
33 Proceedings to be in camera and may not be printed or published
34 Duty of court in passing decrees
35 Relief for respondent in divorce and other proceedings
36 Alimony pendente lite
37 permanent alimony and maintenance
38 Custody of children
39 Appeals from decrees and orders
39A Enforcement of decrees and orders
40 Application of Act 5 of 1908
40A Power to transfer petitions in certain cases
40B Special provision relating to trial and disposal of petitions under the Act
40C Documentary evidence
41 Power of High Court to make rules regulating procedure
Chapter VIII Miscellaneous
42 Savings
43 Penalty on married person marrying again under this act
44 Punishment of bigamy
45 penalty for signing false declaration or certificate
46 Penalty for wrongful action of Marriage Officer
47 Marriage Certificate Book to be open to inspection
48 Transmission of copies of entries in marriage records
49 Correction of errors
50 Power to make rules
51 Repeals and savings
  The First Schedule

[Act No. 43 of 1954 dated 9th. October, 1954]

An Act to provide a special form of marriage in certain cases, for the registration of such and certain other marriages and for divorce.

BE it enact by Parliament in the Fifth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-



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