CHAPTER 43
ISLAMIC FAMILY LAW ORDINANCE, 2001

PART V - DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE



Section 53. Maintenance of Register of Divorces and Annulments

(1) Every Registrar as well as the Chief Registrar shall each maintain a Register of Divorces and Annulments and shall forthwith enter therein the prescribed particulars of all orders of divorce or annulment sent to him under subsection (2) and of all orders of divorce and annulment for the registration of which application is made under subsection (3).

(2) Every Court that grants and records an order of divorce or annulment or that permits and records any talaq or any other form of divorce shall forthwith send one certified copy of the record to the appropriate Registrar and to the Chief Registrar for registration.

(3) Where a marriage that is solemnized in the State is dissolved or annulled by an order of a Court of competent jurisdiction outside the State, either of the parties may apply to the appropriate Registrar and to the Chief Registrar for registration of the order, and the appropriate Registrar and the Chief Registrar, on being satisfied that the order is one that should be recognized as valid for the purposes of the law in the State, shall register the order.

(4) Where a pronouncement of talaq before the Court or an order of divorce or annulment, wherever granted, has dissolved a marriage that was solemnized in the State, and has been registered under this Ordinance or any written law in force before the appointed date, the appropriate Registrar and the Chief Registrar shall, on registering the talaq or order, cause the entry relating to that marriage in the Register of Marriages to be marked with the word "Dissolved" and a reference to the proceedings in which the talaq was pronounced or the order was made.

(5) Upon registering the talaq or order of divorce or annulment and upon payment to him of the prescribed fees, the Chief Registrar shall issue the divorce or annulment certificates in the prescribed form to both parties.




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