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AJ Agarwal (Self)     21 November 2010

Is 1 yr/3 yr/5 yr CONTRACT marriage legally valid in INDIA ?

Is contract marriage for 1 yr. / 3 yr. / 5 yr. legally valid in INDIA for any Hindu or even non-Hindu (or irrespective of religion) ?


If yes, where can this contract paper be filed / registered ?



 8 Replies

Sambhunath Tiadi (Advocate & CEO of LJMMF)     21 November 2010

Contract marriage is not appreciable.

adv. rajeev ( rajoo ) (practicing advocate)     21 November 2010

In India marriages are treated as holy tie.  Contract marriage is not valid in India.

Kirti Kar Tripathi (lawyer)     21 November 2010

in our country marriages are governed either by personal law or special marriage act. under personal law Contract marriage is permissible only in shiea muslims i.e Mutah Marriage.  otherwise no contract marriage is permissible in india.



RAJASEKHAR.TULASI (advocate)     21 November 2010

in india marriage is for live and that is hindu tradition and that is what is in hindu marriage act. but problem may come in so there are few section to avoid though problems but marriage is not a short term contract in india.

AJ Agarwal (Self)     21 November 2010

1. since CONTRACT marriage is not permissible in INDIA, is a pre-nupital agreement valid in INDIA ? Does this pre-nupital agreement need to be registered ?


2. what are the provisions either in the Special marriages act, or Hindu marriage act, whereby either party (husband or wife) can seek easier dissolution of marriage ? which is better from this angle (easier dissolution) - Special marriages Act or Hindu Marraige act ?


3. What are the other legal provisions whereby a man & woman can live as husband & wife (though not married as per either Hindu marriage act or speacial marriage act)  ?


I think you are planning to keep a living together relationship in india.  But In india hindu marriage is sacro sanct status. 

Moreover the agreement for contract of marriage as per your sense is against law.  So illegal contracts are not a valid contract in indian law.

No other law governing the living together relationship in  india

Viswanath (Student)     21 November 2010

no, such a contract is void.

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