Ladies in waiting: Saudi brides disheartened as they wait in the paper line for their wedding kiss
Many prospective Saudi brides and grooms have run into an unexpected and frustrating delay in their attempt to tie the knot because some local courts have run out of marriage contracts.
Some courts have not had marriage contracts for the past 40 days, forcing mathons — persons assigned to writing out these contracts — to delay signing contracts for couples, according to sources.
Many Saudis normally get married during holiday periods.
Mohammad Al-Babteen, director-general for marriage contract writers, told local media that his directorate received complaints from branches of the Ministry of Justice over the issue.
Al-Babteen said there was a problem with the distribution process from the ministry’s stores to its branches and to the courts. He said the ministry has contracts in its stores and can also print them out.
Newlyweds need these contracts to get family identity cards from the Ministry of Interior’s civil status department. The contracts have the couples’ names, dates of birth, size of the dowry, information about the woman’s guardian, the name of the mathon who signed the marriage contract, his license number issued by the justice ministry, and any conditions agreed to by the couple.
The judges at civil status courts have to approve the contracts.