The legal age for marriage in Delhi is 18 years for women and 21 years for men. If either of the partners is below these ages, they need to obtain special permission from the court. The process of court marriage in Delhi is simple and straightforward. You can either approach a lawyer or an NGO that works in the field of child rights for help with the paperwork.
The first step is to file a petition with the district court, along with all the required documents. These include an affidavit from both parties stating their full name, date of birth, parents’ names, address and consent for the marriage. Other important documents are identity proof (Aadhar card, passport, voter ID etc.), residence proof (ration card, utility bill etc.) and age proof (birth certificate). Once the petition is filed, the court will issue a notice to both parties and their parents/guardians.
The second step is to appear before the Marriage Officer on the specified date and time. Both parties need to sign the marriage register in front of two witnesses. After this, you will be given a Marriage Certificate which needs to be registered at your local Registrar office within 60 days. Court marriages in Delhi are completely legal and recognised by the government.