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Civil FAQs

Some commonly asked questions are answered here under :-

    1. Why should a marriage be registered?

Without registration, a marriage is not legally recognised in Goa. (Exception : A Roman Catholic marriage with prior clearance by the civil registrar).

    1. If a marriage has remained unregistered and the person has children and wants a marriage certificate for pension purposes?

Register it immediately. At the time of marriage registration (Second visit), the name and other details of all your children should be mentioned in the register.

    1. Can one object to an intercaste or interreligious marriage?

Not at all. Each party can retain his / her own religion. The date of the marriage registration is the date of the marriage for all legal purposes, irrespective of whether religious ceremonies took place or not.

    1. What are the prohibitions / impediments to a marriage?

Legal impediments contained in Articles 4 to 10 of law No. 1 which briefly relate to relationship by blood or affinity, insanity, previous divorce on grounds of incurable and contagious diseases or diseases involving sexual aberration, certain acts / criminal conducts.

You may consult the actual text for details.

    1. Are there any restrictions as to sex or age?
      1. Sex: the law requires that the groom and the bride belong to different sexes. And the purpose should be to legitimatily constitute a family.
      2. Age: for marriage purposes the age of maturity is 21 years. A bride between 18 to 21 years needs consent or emancipation by court.
    2. Clarification as to consent:

Consent may be given by any of the following methods.

      1. Orally by both the parents at the time of registration; or
      2. If one of the parents is dead, his/her death certificate along with the consent of the surviving spouse; or
      3. If one parent or both are not present in Goa, their consent may be sent by duly notarised / authenticated document containing exact details; or
      4. In case of disagreement on the part of the parent the court gives or refuses consent; or
      5. In the absence of both parents, the grandparents or in their absence, family council may give consent;
      6. In deserving cases, a court can also emancipate a minor entitling him/her to contract a marriage.
      7. For a marriage within 3rd degree (uncle-neice, aunt-nephew), permission of the Governor is needed.
    1. How do we register a marriage?

The procedure is explained in Annexure – I. (In special cases, consult the Civil Registrar)

    1. Can a widow/er or divorcee immediately marry after the death of spouse or divorce?

No, after the death of spouse or divorce, there is a minimum waiting period of six months for males and one year for females, before they can contract the next marriage except in certain types of divorce.

However, there is no such waiting period in case of Judicial annulment of a marriage.

    1. Can Goans celebrating marriage before other authorities outside Goa, record the same in Goa?

Yes, by way of transcription (only for Goans) within three months of marriage or within one month of any of the spouses first coming to Goa, on the basis of an authentic marriage certificate issued by the non-Goan authority. Other formalities are the same as for a marriage registration

Note : Transcription can be made even after the death of a spouse if other documents are in order.

ANNEXURE I:

NORMAL PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION OF A MARRIAGE

(Completed in 2 stages)

STAGE I : Filing the Declaration of Marriage in the Office

** Necessary:-

  1. presence of the bride-groom & bride also both parents if bride is below 21 years
  2. Birth certificate of bride groom
  3. Birth bertificate of bride
  4. Domicile/residence Cert. (Continuous residence) issued by Mamlatdar/Sarpanch of taluka/village
  5. Fee Rs. 50/- only.

(** Special documents/requirements: see below).

BETWEEN STAGE I AND II THERE IS A STATUTORY WAITING PERIOD OF 10 DAYS INCLUDING 2 SUNDAYS FOR PUBLICATION OF NOTICES.

(CAUTION:- Waiver period could be obtained in deserving cases from the Delagado (A.P.P.) This may be resorted to only in unavoidable circumstances since the parties stand to lose the easy option of desisting from proceeding with the registration in case bad antecedents of the groom/bride come to notice after the marriage registration).

STAGE II : – Actual Registration of a Marriage.

Necessary :- Only the presence of the bride-groom, bride and 2 witnesses. (ALSO parents, additional witnesses or interpreter, etc., if advised at the Declaration Stage).

(Roman Catholic opting for canonical marriage in church need come only once. It would be in their interest to verify personally that their marriage papers actually reached the Civil Registration Office after their religious marriage).

** SPECIAL FACTORS/CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRING GUIDANCE FROM THE OFFICE

  1. If any party a foreign national. (Court document).
  2. Residence outside Goa for more than 1 year. (Auto)
  3. Minority of Bride (21) – (Consent of parents / court)
  4. Previous divorce /widowhood. (Waiting period)
  5. Relation within 3 degrees of collateral line. (Governor’s permission)
  6. Illiteracy / dumbness /deafness. (Additional witness/interpreter)
  7. Urgency for registration. (Imminent death/delivery, etc. Sp. provisions)
  8. Physical inability – Marriage outside office (Witnesses/fees)
  9. Marriage through proxy. (Special Power of Attorney)
  10. Antenuptial contracts. (Copy of documents).
  11. Other Extra-ordinary-special circumstances.


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