According to Christian law, a marriage is considered to be a permanent union of one man and one woman to the execution of others. Marriage, as is seen in Christian tradition, is not merely a civil contract nor is it purely a religious contract. Roman Catholic church regarded marriage as one of the sacraments. In India Christian marriages are governed by the Indian Christian Marriage Act of 1872. It extends to the whole of India except in the state of
Travancore-Cochin, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir. In the Malabar area the Indian Christian Marriage Act 1872 is
applicable but the Christians of former Travancore area are governed by the customary law (canon law-personal law of Christian) only and not governed by any statue.
Matrimonial relief like divorce, judicial separation etc, were not allowed in Travancore – Cochin till the Indian Divorce Act, 1869 came into force in India. Hence matrimonial
relieves among Christians in the whole of India including the former Travancore Cochin area governed by the Indian Divorce Act of 1869.More