Court Marriage in Pakistan


Marriage is an official union of a man and woman who decide to spend their lives together. Traditionally, marriages are solemnized in a big social gathering, in front of families, relatives, and friends of the bride and groom. The marriage ceremony is comprised of different functions like Dholki, Mehndi, Baraat and Valima reception. Hundreds of thousands of rupees are spent to organize and conduct a marriage. In some cases, a loan is borrowed for this purpose. There is a lot of financial pressure on the bride’s family in order to meet societal norms. Moreover, in a case, if a man is not financially stable, then society does not allow him to marry and start a happy and satisfactory family life. The society has made marriage so much difficult and complicated that people reach to mid-thirties till they get married. This has increased the level of unrest and frustration among the masses. The other aspect of delayed marriages is that young people use immoral and haram ways to meet their emotional and physical needs. This is a reason why pre-marital relationships are common these days. We all would agree that we as humans have certain needs to fulfill. We are social animals. And we all need partners to live a peaceful family life. But society has made marriage too difficult for both a man and a woman.


The Good news is that the Pakistani law allows a couple to use their right to marriage and to get into an official union through the court marriage.

Court marriage is not that complicated as it may seem. Rather it is very simple and easy to follow. The court marriage is an official union of a man and a woman which is solemnized under the court of law.

Court marriage is solemnized with the help of a lawyer and is conducted in front of the Registrar/Magistrate, who makes the marriage legal and official.

The Nikah-Nama which is also known as a marriage contract is issued and registered by the local Nikah Registrar. And the Nadra marriage certificate is issued by the Union Council of your locality. Here it is important to know that the registration of a marriage is necessary as the non-registered marriage is considered a criminal offense.


One might think about the consequences of court marriage, especially in Pakistani society. We live in a traditional society and people are not given their basic rights as given by the law. We may hear the stories of serious reactions of the families towards the marriage of choice by a couple. In some cases, the bride’s family lodges an FIR of abduction and charge for Zina against the husband of their daughter and his family for harassment and later demand for a divorce. However, the statement of the girl invalidates the FIR and makes it baseless.


A couple who decides of a court marriage lacks proper guidance and information regarding the court marriage. They are not aware of their rights given by the law. As the court marriage in Pakistan is conducted through the honorable court, therefore, the court and the law, both protect the rights of individuals and provide them legal protection. Court marriage has a strong legal foundation and has an unshakeable value. Today or tomorrow, society will have to accept a court marriage. People just need a little awareness about their rights and know how to use them to materialize their dream of marriage in a legal and halal way.

Our proficient court marriage lawyers at Right Law Associates are specialized in the court marriage in Pakistan. We have successfully arranged several court marriages and the couples are living a happy peaceful life. We understand that marriage is your legal right and ensure to make it easy and convenient for you. Considering your wish and dream to marry your loved one, our court marriage lawyers will take care of all of the procedures of court marriage and solemnize your big event officially and legally with ease and convenience.

Call us today at 0316-6644789 for free consultation and guidance regarding the court marriage by our best court marriage lawyers in Karachi and court marriage lawyers in Islamabad.


There are many reasons for people opting for court marriage in Pakistan. A few are underlined below• Parents of a man and woman don’t agree to arrange a marriage for them

  • Couple fears that they will not be able to live with their loved one with their family permission
  • Class or cultural difference will act as a barrier between the marriage
  • A couple does not wish to get indulged in an expensive wedding ceremony just as a show-off to the society
  • Today’s environment which promotes a union of the opposite sex in the educational and workplaces
  • The social transformation which has occurred due to modern lifestyle, technology, and increased awareness through media
  • People getting aware of their basic rights and are confident to live their lives according to their choice


Anyone who wishes to marry his or her loved one can opt for court marriage in Pakistan. According to the West Pakistan rules under Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961, any man and woman can marry his or her opposite sex and the law of the state is bound to protect and ensure the rights of court marriage in Pakistan.

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Requirements for Court Marriage in Pakistan

However, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to arrange a court marriage in Pakistan, which are stated as under:

1- The groom should be 21 years old whereas the bride’s age should be a minimum of 18 years at the time of court marriage in Pakistan

2- There must be a free will and consent of both the bride and the groom without any pressure or a treat.

3- The court marriage will be solemnized between the opposite sex, which means gay and lesbian marriages cannot be taken place as per the Pakistani law.