FOREIGN MARRIAGES ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Notice of marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act.

4. Form of notice.

5. Publication of notice.

6. Issue of certificate by Registrar-General.

7. Applicability of provisions of the Marriage Registration Ordinance, with regard to certified copies and extracts.

SCHEDULES

12 of 1903.

AN ORDINANCE to give effect to an order of His Majesty in council, known as "the Foreign Marriages Order in Council, 1902”,

[Date of Commencement: 9th December, 1903]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Foreign Marriage Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance, unless the contrary intention appears, the expression "Registrar-General” means the Registrar-General of Marriages, appointed under the provisions of the Marriage Registration Ordinance, and includes the Assistant Registrar-General and any person for the time being lawfully discharging the duties of the Registrar-General or of the Assistant Registrar-General.

3. Notice of marriage under the Foreign Marriage Act.

Notice of a marriage intended to be solemnised under the Foreign Marriage Act, 1892, may be given to the Registrar-General by one of the parties intending such marriage who has had his or her usual place of abode for three consecutive weeks immediately preceding in some place in Ceylon, as is hereinafter provided.

4. Form of notice.

(1) Every such notice shall be substantially in the form A in the Schedule, and shall state the name in full, the profession, condition and residence of each of the parties intending marriage, the place where the marriage is intended to be solemnised, and whether each of the parties is or is not a minor, and shall also state that the party giving notice has had his or her usual place of abode for not less than three consecutive weeks then next preceding in some place in Ceylon.

(2) Every such notice shall be signed by the party giving or making the same in the presence of the Registrar-General or a Justice of the Peace or a Notary and of two credible witnesses, who shall attest the same by adding each his name, description, and place of abode, and of whom the Registrar-General, Justice of the Peace, notary, or both the witnesses shall be personally acquainted with the party giving notice.

(3) Every such notice shall bear a stamp of ten rupees, which shall be supplied by the party giving the notice.

5. Publication of notice.

(1) The Registrar-General, when notice of an intended marriage is duly given under this Ordinance, shall forthwith enter in the notice the date of its receipt and file and keep it with the records of his office, and shall forthwith enter particulars of the notice in a book to be called "The Foreign Marriage Notice Book”, which shall be kept substantially in the form B in the Schedule.

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