Court Marriage Process and Nikahnama Guide by a Female Court Marriage Lawyer
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Often times it is noticed that females in Pakistan do not have enough information to secure their legal rights hence they face huge challenges when something weird happens to them especially when it comes to their legal rights. One of the few very important issues is a lack of knowledge regarding their rights at the time of marriage registration regardless of the fact that it is being arranged by the family or it is a court marriage/marriage by their own choice.
It is also noticed that females in Pakistan on such occasions feel too much embarrassed or shy in discussing their legal questions relating to their court marriage process. So, if you are a female who is not comfortable with male lawyers, you can reach out to our best female lawyers in Islamabad and Rawalpindi for your queries related to your court marriage process.
On such occasions, many females either do not know where to ask or do not feel comfortable asking questions regarding their rights at the time of marriage registration. Our best female court marriage lawyers have solved this issue for all those females who are in search of a lady court marriage lawyer in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, or Lahore.
How to understand the rights of a female given in the Nikah Nama?
In Islam, the marriage contract, known as the nikah, is a legally binding agreement between a man and a woman in which the rights and responsibilities of each party are defined. The nikah nama is the written document that records the terms of the nikah.
If you are a female who is also not getting enough support from your home to understand this Nikah Nama document at the event of your marriage. Or you are thinking to do the court marriage but want to know what legal rights do you have and how to secure your future on legal grounds.
In Pakistan, the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961 is the governing law that deals with the structure and registration of a Nikah nama. Nikah Nama is a primary document of a marriage that has 26 different clauses/columns on it. Each column has its own value and importance and none of these columns can be left empty or put a cross on as we generally see in our society.
The rights of a woman in a nikah nama are based on Islamic principles of justice and equality. We have explained each and every single column of Nikahnama on this page.
In Pakistan, court marriages are governed by the relevant personal laws i.e. Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961 for Muslim Couples, the Christians Marriage Act for Christian couples etc. In order to register a court marriage in Pakistan, the following requirements must be met:
- Age for Court Marriage: Both parties must be at least 18 years old. If either party is under 18, written consent from their guardian is required.
- Free will for Court Marriage: Both parties must enter into the marriage willingly and without duress.
- Capacity for Court Marriage: Both parties must be of sound mind and capable of understanding the nature and consequences of the marriage.
- Documentation required for Court Marriage: The following documents must be presented at the time of registration:
- National identity cards for both parties
- Passport if a person is non-Pakistani.
- Divorce decree/certificate (if applicable)
- Death certificate of the previous spouse (if applicable)
Nikah Nama Columns and Explanation of each Column as per the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961.
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Column 1: It is for the general information of Ward, Town and District etc. where the marriage has taken place.
Columns 2 & 3 are for the personal information of the Groom.
Columns 4 to 6 of the Nikah Nama are related to the personal information of the Bride.
Columns 7, 8, 9 and, 10 are for the information of witnesses of the Bride and Groom. In the arrange marriage setups, people usually fill these columns. But in the case of court marriage, it is not important to be filled. The reason is that the couple can see each other while they are signing the documents.
Column 11 for the “Witnesses of Marriage”. It is very much important hence cannot be left blank as it is a mandatory requirement of marriage registration regardless of the fact it is arranged or court marriage.
Column 12 is for the date of marriage. The date of marriage registration can be a different one if registered late.
In 13, 14, 15 number rows the nikah registrar shall write “Dower Amount or also called Haq Mehar”. It is mandatory as per Sharia and Pakistani Laws hence cannot be left blank. There is no minimum or maximum limits on the amount of Mehar/Dower Amount. It can be any amount mutually agreed upon.
Number 16 row is also related to Dower Amount/Haq Mehar if there is any property or asset is committed against Haq Mehar.
The number 17 is for any special conditions but not all special conditions are accepted in the Family Court if an issue arises between the couple.
Column 18 of the Nikah Nama is one of the most important sections where the bride may be granted a “Delegated Right of Divorce by the Husband”. If the bride has been granted this right then in the case of disputes she can also divorce her husband using the “Delegated Right of Divorce” granted to her. You can call our Female Court Marriage Lawyers and ask in detail.
Clause # 19 is relating to any sanctions imposed on the husband’s right to divorce. But it has been a space-filler due to many judgments by the superior courts. The Supreme court of Pakistan has declared that the Right to Divorce is a fundamental right of man hence no sanction can be imposed. Our Female Legal Consultants can guide you more.
Column 20 of this marriage documents is another most important section for a bride. It gives her the right to claim minimum monthly maintenance from her husband.
Many women visit our offices in very depressing situations in the event of 2nd marriage by their husbands against their will. So here in clause # 21, it is mentioned that if the husband has been granted permission by the Arbitration Council to contract 2nd marriage under the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961. Our Female Court Marriage lawyers can explain the cons of non-availability of this document.
22 and 23 are continuity of clause # 21.
Number 24 is to write the information of the Marriage Registrar.
Number 25 shows the date of Marriage registration and number 26 is about the marriage registration Fee.
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