Hello Learned Members,
This is my first post in this forum. I've a question, whose answer I've been trying to obtain from multiple sources, but in each attempt, the answer came out at best in a vague and contradicting form.
Me and my Wife have been living like married couple for the last 8+ years and even have a 5 year old kid. The society recognizes us as married couple. Our relation is thriving and so is our relation with both the families. The only thing lacking is that we never got married socially i.e. we never followed any religious customs that our society calls marriage.
I've firm belief on marriage as an institution, but as I'm partly atheist(but fully spiritual) I do not want to get married following any religious customs. In view of this, can the learned members suggest, how can I get our relation formalized in government documents?
In other words, how can I get a marriage certificate, without having to go through customs of Church/Temple/Mosque? Is there any special provision that allows to get marriage certificate without having to follow religious customs?
Thanks a lot in advance.