Objections to Marriage

  1. 27 of the Marriage Act, 2014 allows anyone with a valid legal reason to file an objection to a planned marriage.

It can be filed before the Registrar or Minister of Faith where the marriage is taking place. Every objection must include the name of the person giving the notice of objection and the person’s relationship with either of the intended parties to the marriage and shall state the reasons for the objection to the intended marriage.

Notice of Objection Before the Registrar



  • A written letter of objection
  • Proof of marriage
  • Upon receipt of the notice, the Marriage Officer has to hear and make a determination within 14 days
  • Any dissatisfied party has a right of appeal to the Magistrate’s Court within 14 d
Notice of Objection before the Minister of Faith


A written letter of objection addressed to the religious organization where the marriage will take place