The Hindu marriage act, 1955 (25 of 1955), became law on the 18th may, 1955. it applies to all Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. It applies also to all other persons who are not Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Jews unless they establish that they were not governed by Hindu law, custom or usage prior to the act.
(Ps&A) deals with the following provisions of the Hindu marriage Act:
Overriding effect of Act.- Condition for a Hindu Marriage, Guardianship in Marriage.- (Omitted by Marriage Laws (Amendment) Act, 1976. Ceremonies for a Hindu marriage, 8. Registration of Hindu Marriages, Restitution of conjugal rights.- When either the husband or the wife has, Judicial separation, Nullity of marriage and divorce- Void marriages, Voidable Marriages, Alternate Relief in Divorce Proceedings, by mutual consent, No petition for divorce to be presented within one year of marriage, Divorced persons. When may marry again, Legitimacy of children of void and voidable marriages, Punishment of Bigamy, Punishment for contravention of certain other conditions for a Hindu marriage, Court to which petition shall be presentedEvery petition under this Act shall be presented to the District Court within the local limits of whose ordinary original civil jurisdiction: (i) the marriage was solemnized, or (ii) the respondent, at the time of the presentation of the petition, resides, or (iii) the parties to the marriage last resided together, or (iv) the petitioner is residing at the time of the presentation of the petition, Contents and verification of Petitions, Application of Act 5 of 1908, Power to transfer petitions in certain cases, Special provision relating to trial and disposal of petitions under the Act, Proceedings to be in camera and may not be printed or published, Decree in proceedings, Relief for respondent in divorce and other proceedings , Maintenance pendente lite and expenses of proceedings, Permanent alimony and maintenance Custody of children, Disposal of property, Appeals from decrees and orders, Enforcement of decrees and orders, Savings.