CAVEATING A MARRIAGE

This is an effort undertaken to register a reason to stop celebration of a marriage and to stop any issuance of a certificate of marriage to any given individuals based on a valid reason to stop a marriage registration. Before the celebration of the marriage or before registration of the civil marriage or church marriage, one may lodge a caveat with a registrar of Marriage forbidding the registration and issuing of a marriage certificate to any other person, giving details of his or her address and the reason for lodging a caveat as provided under section 13 of the Marriage Act.

WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF ONE LODGING A CAVEAT UNDER THE MARRIAGE ACT?

A caveat stops a marriage from attaining recognition under the law as it will apply to marriages that are not supposed to be celebrated especially where it is between an already married person who may attempt to marry another individual while there still exist a lawful marriage with a
different individual:

Spax and Poketi are married, a caveat will stop Poketi from attempting to marry Jackie. CAN SPAX INDEED LODGE A CAVEAT THAT STOPS POKETI FROM MARRYING JACKIE? Yes Spax may lodge a caveat in accordance with section 13 of the Marriage Act to stop the marriage of Poketi and Jackie from being recognised lawfully.

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