Marriage-Related Acts


A variety of acts impact marriage-related legal procedures and the judicial decisions made in that regard. Depending upon the individual or couple’s profile, these acts are applied. Not to forget, the judges have broad discretionary power to make the final decision about marriage, conflicts and dissolution. Following is a chronological list of acts as they were formed and integrated into India’s legal framework.


  • • The Converts’ Marriage Dissolution Act, 1866

  • • The Indian Divorce Act, 1869

  • • The Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872

  • • The Anand Marriage Act, 1909

  • • The Indian Succession Act, 1925

  • • The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929

  • • The Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936

  • • The Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act, 1939

  • • The Special Marriage Act, 1954

  • • The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955

  • • The Foreign Marriage Act, 1969 and

  • • The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986.

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