In Britain, no matter what religion or belief you are, everybody has the right to choose whether to marry and who they want to marry. Sadly, this is not always the case and individuals are sometimes forced into marriage. It is a criminal offence to:
- Take someone overseas to force them to marry (whether or not the forced marriage takes place)
- Marry someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the marriage (whether they’re pressured to or not)
- Breaching a Forced Marriage Protection Order
The civil remedy of obtaining a Forced Marriage Protection Order through the family courts will continue to exist alongside the new criminal offence, so victims can choose how they wish to be assisted.
We appreciate that you may fear contacting a solicitor or authority for help in such circumstances, but want to reassure you that our expert team is here to help and support you.
We are able to provide urgent representation at Court to protect you. We will also refer you to support teams who are specialised in offering further protection in such cases.