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Persad v. Halram
Court Upholds Religious Marriage in Absence of Marriage License

In Persad v. Halram [reported in N.Y. Law Journal, March 20, 2001 at 22:23], the court held that a Hindu marriage ceremony creates a valid marriage under the Domestic Relations Law of New York notwithstanding:
  1. the parties' failure to obtain a marriage license at any time prior or after the religious ceremony
  2. the fact that the Hindu priest was not registered in the City of New York to officiate at wedding ceremonies and
  3. the claim of plaintiff that he never intended to be married by the religious ceremony.
It appears that Persad will have implications in cases involving Jewish couples who have been married "k'das Moshe v'Yisroel" without the benefit of obtaining a marriage license.

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