What is Forced Marriage?
A forced marriage is not the same as an arranged marriage. The custom of an arranged marriage goes back centuries and in some communities is considered a sacred part of their way of life. It is only when an individual is not given a choice of whether to marry that the marriage is considered ‘forced’. Every major faith requires there to be freely given consent to a marriage. Forced marriage is condemned by all religions.
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In some cases, the family of the reluctant individual will try to persuade them to enter into the marriage with threats of violence in order to protect the family’s honour – this is classed as Honour Based Violence.
How Can We Help?
In November 2008, the Forced Marriage Protection Order was introduced.
Our Family team can help you apply for an order if:
- You are being forced into a marriage against your will
- You are already in a forced marriage
- You know of someone who is being forced into a marriage against their will
What Can I Expect to Happen?
A Forced Marriage Protection Order is unique in each case and may contain provisions to:
- Prohibit, restrict or require, and such other terms (which gives the court wide discretion)
The court will need to consider what orders are required to protect an individual against conduct that may lead that individual from being forced into a marriage. For example, the court could order that a passport be produced to prevent the individual being taken abroad.
An application for a Forced Marriage protection Order can be made with or without notice. The order can be made for a specified period or until it is varied or discharged.
We will guide you through each step and explain the process relevant to your situation.
How much will it cost me?
Legal aid is available for applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders, but it is subject to your financial circumstances. This can be discussed in greater detail at your initial appointment.
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