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Court Marriage Procedure in Pakistan is now quite simple and easy with the assistance of Right Law Associates’ offices in Karachi, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi. It is a matter of hours if the couple has all the necessary documents for court marriage.
In Pakistan, court marriages are always considered love marriages, which are also called “Pasand ki Shadi” instead of arranged marriages. Love marriages and court marriages are interchangeable terms. There are, however, some differences between the two. If a man and a woman fall in love, they will reach the point at which they will be married by the court. Alternatively, a couple’s father and mother may agree to the marriage and go about arranging it according to their traditions. Briefly, a love marriage is both a traditional and a court marriage.

This article is about in Pakistan

What is an Arranged Marriage?

In an arranged marriage, the bride and groom are picked primarily by people other than the couple themselves, especially by family members like parents. Professional matchmakers may be used in some cultures to find a spouse for a young person.

What Does Court Marriage mean?

The term “Court Marriage” refers to the legalization of marriage. It is mandatory to legalize every marriage in Pakistan. More specifically, court marriage is the legalization of the union of people of different castes, colors, ethnicities, and even religions. This is a legal marriage because it takes place in court.

Is Court Marriage valid in Islam

Due to the fact that the marriage is performed in court in front of the magistrate, it is called a court marriage. “Marriage without a guardian” should be the proper name. It is obligatory for her to have a guardian (Wali) present at the time of the marriage nikah. In regards to Court marriage in Islam, four schools of thought have differing views. Islam allows court marriages according to Ahnaf. They allow girls to get married without a wali.

Is Court Marriage Legal in Pakistan?

Every Pakistani citizen has the right to freely choose his or her life partner, which is a fundamental human right. In accordance with the Muslim Family Law Ordinance 1961, every individual is free to choose his or her life partner and the state is bound to protect the couples’ rights of marriage. Marriages can also be performed with the consent of the partner.

Moreover, the West Pakistani rules under Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961 clearly state that any opposite-sex can marry any opposite-sex. Pakistani courts are required to protect the marriage rights of those who have been married or want to get married under the law.

Hence, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the right to choose a life partner is a fundamental human right.

Who has the Right of Court Marriage in Pakistan?

According to Pakistani law, one has the right to choose the person he or she wants to marry. The court marriage procedure in Pakistan is very simple. A couple must meet the following requirements:

  • Nikah should be done with the consent of both parties
  • According to Islam, the age of marriage is puberty. According to Law, the age of majority for marriage is 18 years
  • Pakistani marriages are always between opposite sexes. It is a criminal offense in Pakistan to marry a lesbian or homosexual

Court Marriage Procedure in Pakistan:

Court Marriage procedure in Pakistan is now quite simple and easy with the assistance of Right Law Associates in Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It is a matter of hours if the couple has all the necessary documents required for court marriage. Below is the step by step procedure of court marriage in Pakistan:

  1. The couple will arrive at our office at the appointed time. Our team of lawyers in Karachi and lawyers in Islamabad and Rawalpindi will arrange Nikah Khuwan / Nikah Registrars, Stamp vendors, Notary Publics and Oath commissioners in order to expedite the court marriage process
  2. Consultation with our lawyer regarding dower/Maher matters as well as other issues involved in protecting the rights of the couple
  3. As per Islamic tradition, the Nikah will be solemnized by the Nikah Khawan. The nikah will be registered by the Nikah registrar. However, the local Union Council will issue the Nadra Marriage Certificate later on.
  4. A bride must sign an affidavit of affirmation before a Nikah can be performed, which is attested by an oath commissioner or notary public.
  5. For the protection of the bride and groom as well as any unfortunate action by the groom’s parents or family, a statement by the bride shall be filed before the Session Judge. 

Court Marriage fee in Pakistan

The court marriage fees in Pakistan usually range between Rs15000 and Rs25000. With us, court marriage fees can, however, be negotiated.  We advise you to discuss the court marriage procedure and fee with our Karachi lawyers and our lawyers in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. In Pakistan, the cost of a court marriage is entirely borne by the parties concerned. Court marriages in Pakistan require an upfront payment by the concerned party.

What is the Age of Court Marriage in Pakistan?

As a result of a major ruling by the Islamabad High Court, 16-year-olds are no longer eligible to marry. Therefore, one needs to be at least 18 years old to get married in Islamabad. The age of marriage in Pakistan is puberty, which means that if a boy or a girl is physically ready to marry, they can do so. click here to read more.

How can I do Court Marriage in Pakistan?

The procedure of court marriage in Pakistan is quite smooth and simple with the help of Right Law Associates, providing our services in Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. All you have to do is to contact us one or two days before your marriage. Do come to our office with the required documents (mentioned below) for court marriage and the rest is upto us.

Awareness Regarding Court Marriage in Pakistan

Couples who decide on a court marriage do not receive proper guidance and information. Neither are they aware of the legal rights they have. Since court marriages in Pakistan are conducted by an honorable court, the law and the court are both responsible for protecting individuals’ rights. Legal marriage has a solid legal foundation and is unwavering in its value. Whether society accepts a court marriage today or tomorrow is irrelevant. To materialize their dream of marriage in a legal and halal manner, people simply need to be aware of their rights.

Court marriage lawyers at Right Law Associates specialize in court marriage in Pakistan. Many of our court marriages have been successful, and the couples live happily ever after. 

We acknowledge that marriage is a legal right, and make it as easy and convenient as possible for you. With consideration for your wish and dream to marry your beloved, our court marriage lawyers will handle all court marriage procedures and perform your big event legally and legally with ease and convenience. 

What is the reason for Court Marriage?

In Pakistan, people opt for court marriage for a variety of reasons. A few of them are:

  • A man and a woman’s parents don’t agree to arrange their marriage
  • Couples fear that they will not be able to live with their loved one if  their family does not permit it. 
  • The difference in class or culture will act as a barrier to marriage
  • The couple does not want to get involved in an expensive wedding ceremony for the sake of showing off to the society
  • The current educational and workplace environment encourages the union of opposite sexes
  • Through modern lifestyles, technology, and media awareness, there has been a social transformation
  • As people become aware of their basic rights, they become more confident that they can live their lives the way they choose

Requirements For Court Marriage:

To arrange a court marriage in Pakistan, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Under the Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929, both the bride and groom should be at least 18 years old. The federal Shariat court has ruled that. 
  2. The bride and groom must have their own free will and consent without any pressure or threats.

How many witnesses are required for court marriage?

For a court marriage, 2 witnesses are required. If you do not have any witnesses, Right Law Associates can assist you with that as well.

Documents Required For Court Marriage In Pakistan

You need to provide us with the following documents in order to legally do court marriage in Pakistan:

  1. CNIC copies of the bride and the groom. In the absence of a CNIC, we will need your B form or another educational document such as a matriculation certificate to prove your age.
  2.  Copy of two CNICs. We will arrange witnesses for you if you do not have witnesses.
  3. For a second marriage, you should submit a Divorce or Death Certificate. A letter of permission from the Union Council is also required for a second marriage.
  4.  A bride’s affidavit indicating her free will and consent (we will arrange the affidavit for you). 

After Your Court Marriage, You will receive the following documents from us:

As proof for your legal and official marriage, we will provide you with the following documents following the successful court marriage procedure in Pakistan. Your family will be protected by these documents in the event of any unfortunate event that may occur. We will provide you with the following documents as proof of your legal marriage.

  1. A certified copy of the marriage certificate
  2. A copy of the petition attested
  3. Copies of the attested affidavit
  4. A copy of the attested statement submitted to the court
  5. Verify your legal safety and protection with an attestation of court orders

How can I do court marriage in Karachi?

You want to get married in Karachi, right? The Right Law Associates, with its head office in Gulistan e Johar, Karachi, can assist you in this regard. We have been serving Pakistan with a team of expert lawyers for over 35 years. We will provide you with all of the details and procedures of court marriage in Karachi as soon as you contact us.

How can I get married in Islamabad?

Right Law Associates also have offices in Islamabad and Rawalpindi offering all types of legal services like Criminal Law, Family Law, and Property Law. You just need to contact us if you live in Islamabad or Rawalpindi and wish to do a court marriage, and our representative will explain all the necessary things regarding the court marriage.

How Right Law Associates Can Help You in Court Marriage?

The Right Law Associates are a team of accomplished civil lawyers with family law experience. Our practice includes court marriage, online marriages, child custody, and other civil cases. People are made aware of their legal rights under Pakistani law, which most of them are unaware of. Due to the sensitivity and delicate nature of civil cases, we respect and ensure the client’s privacy.

When we take on a civil case, we gain the trust of our clients by providing them with guidance and support regarding the court procedures. People’s lives are enriched by events like court weddings and online marriages. Consequently, we handle each case delicately. With our expertise in the field, we are able to perform court marriages and online marriages perfectly.

Right Law Associates has offices in Karachi and Islamabad. If you would like Free guidance and consultation regarding court marriage in Pakistan, please call us today at 0316-6644789. With their best court marriage services, our expert court marriage lawyers in Karachi and court marriage lawyers in Islamabad can assist you.


Q: How does marriage solemnization/registration work?

Pakistani family laws stipulate that both the groom and the bride must be at least 18 years of age before they can get married. You need to submit a valid proof of your age before your marriage/Nikah date and photocopies of it along with other required requisites to our office. The requirements primarily vary from case to case – but may include proof of age and pictures of the parties, as well as the required fees and charges.

Q: What types of objections may arise from a public party following a court marriage?

We offer court marriage services in major cities of Pakistan such as Karachi, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi, but our services may vary depending on the situation. There are many lawyers who can assist you with your matter, but the reason we have been able to successfully complete over hundreds of marriages is that our lawyers are experienced and brilliant, and they are able to solve any issue.

Q: I am unfamiliar with court marriages. What is the best way to start the process?

Depending on your situation, court marriage can be easy or complicated. That’s why we have a team of specialized lawyers and court marriage consultants ready to help you at every step. The internet is filled with people who try to confuse you with rumors, but let us assure you that a court marriage is a very simple process and you will only need professional help from the best in this field. If you decide to get married in court, let us know as soon as possible. There are different types of documentation for different circumstances. 

Q: How much time is required for court marriage in Pakistan?

If you have an appointment with us, it will take you no more than 3 hours maximum. You can get married in many ways if you have the right information. A marriage can be performed by:

  • Muslim religious way
  • Christian religious way
  • You can register any other religious way you choose

We are here to help you with all your questions and concerns as soon as possible.

Q: What are the Consequences of Court Marriage In Pakistan?

The consequences of court marriage might be a concern, especially in Pakistani society. People do not have access to their basic rights as provided by law in a traditional society. There are stories of families having serious reactions to a couple’s choice of marriage. Sometimes, the bride’s family files a police report of abduction and charges for Zina against the husband of their daughter and his family for harassment and demands for divorce afterward. The girl’s statement, however, invalidates the FIR and renders it baseless.

Q: Why do I need a professional lawyer for Court Marriage?

Court marriages are one of the most complicated issues in Pakistan. Be aware of the money-minded people in the legal system of this country, as well as some bad reputed lawyers and lower-level staff dealing with the law. Many people will create a problem just to get more money out of you. Right Law Associates’ lawyers know all the laws and can assist you in almost any situation when you have them on your side. Further, when making the most important decision of your life, it is best to have someone knowledgeable by your side. 

Q: What is the procedure of Sunni Nikah?

Sunni Nikah takes place according to the Shariah. Ijab o Qubool are the mandatory elements of Sunni Nikah and once the Nikah is completed, Khutbah is delivered by the Nikah Khawan.

Q: What is the procedure of Shia Nikah?

In Shia marriage, the Ijab and Qubool are all that are required, which means offer and acceptance. However, in case of divorce, they require two witnesses which is not mandatory in Sunni sect. After the Ijab and Qabool in the Sunni sect the other difference is the Khutba.

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