The Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936

( ACT NO. III OF 1936 )

♣An Act to amend the law relating to marriage and divorce among Parsis.


WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the law relating to marriage and divorce among Paris;


It is hereby enacted as follows:-




1. Short title, extend and commencement

2. Definitions

3. Requisites to validity of Parsi marriages

4. Remarriage when unlawful

5. Punishment of bigamy

6. Certificate and registry of marriage

7. Appointment of Registrar

8. Marriage register to be open for public inspection

9. Copy of certificate to be sent to Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages

10. Registration of divorces

11. Penalty for solemnizing marriage contrary to section 4

12. Penalty for priest's neglect of requirements of section 6

13. Penalty for omitting to subscribe and attest certificate

14. Penalty for making, etc., false certificate

15. Penalty for failing to register certificate

16. Penalty for secreting, destroying or altering register

17. Formal irregularity not to invalidate marriage

18. Constitution of Special Courts under the Act

19. [Omitted]

20. Parsi District Matrimonial Courts

21. Power to alter territorial jurisdiction of District Courts

22. [Omitted]

23. Court seals

24. Appointment of delegates

25. Power to appoint new delegates

26. Delegates to be deemed public servants

27. Selection of delegates under section 20 to be from those appointed under section 24

28. Practitioners in Matrimonial Courts

29. Court in which suits to be brought

30. Suits for nullity

31. Suits for dissolution

32. Grounds for divorce

33. Joining of co-defendant

34. Suits for judicial separation

35. Decrees in certain suits

36. Suit for restitution of conjugal rights

37. Counter-claim by defendant for any relief

38. No suit to be brought to enforce marriage or contract arising out of marriage when husband is under sixteen or wife under fourteen years

39. Alimony pendente lite

40. Permanent alimony

41. Payment of alimony to wife or to her trustee

42. Disposal of joint property

43. Suits may be heard with closed doors

44. Validity of trial

45. Provisions of Civil Procedure Code to apply to suits under the Act

46. Determination of questions of law and procedure and of fact

47. Appeal to High Court Division

48. Liberty to parties to marry again

49. Custody of children

50. Settlement of wife's property for benefit of children

51. Rule making power the Supreme Court, etc.

52. Applicability of provisions of the Act

53. [Repealed]