Forced Marriage Protection Orders

Did you know that it is a criminal offence for someone to be forced to marry against their choice? Family law solicitors can help get the appropriate protective orders in place to stop this from happening to you/someone you know.

Even if the marriage has already taken place, it is still possible to apply to the Court for a Forced Marriage Protection Order. These orders have been available from 2008 under the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. Such orders may also include an automatic power of arrest, so that the perpetrator can be arrested and prosecuted for breaching the order in the criminal courts, as well as being dealt with in the civil courts.

There are many ways to “force” someone into an unwanted marriage, including:

· Threats;

· Control and coercion;

· Emotional/psychological abuse;

· Sexual abuse;

· Removing a person out of the country;

· Physical abuse.

It is important to note that abuse does not have to be physical. Any behaviour designed to make someone enter a marriage that they would not otherwise would meet the definition.

Additionally, this protection is available for both adults and children. This area of law often overlaps with other types of domestic abuse and, if so, there are other protective orders that are available including non-molestation orders, occupation orders and prohibited steps orders.

Like with many other types of domestic abuse, victims are often so terrified of their abuser that they are too afraid to seek help. It can be of comfort to know that, in some cases, it is possible to apply for these types of orders on a “without notice” basis. This means you can get the initial order in place before the perpetrator even knows you have started court proceedings.

Not only can we at Bromleys provide you with clear, concise legal advice on this topic, but we can also draft the court papers, consider funding options for your case, attend the hearings with you to represent you and take care of all the tasks that the court will require to be completed such as providing a copy of the order to the perpetrator and the police and even the UK Border Agency if needed. In addition, our team of experienced family lawyers understand the emotionally draining and daunting nature of legal proceedings and would be committed to supporting you at this difficult time.

Why choose Bromleys?

Our team of family solicitors will assess all angles of your case to determine what course of action will ensure your safety and wellbeing.

We can also support you with a vast range of family law issues including arrangements for children, divorce and separation, domestic abuse, name changes and Social Services involvement with your family. We understanding that involving a solicitor in your personal family affairs may sometimes feel like a difficult thing to do, but our confidential, sensitive, and un-biased approach will allow you to feel fully supported, no matter your situation.

You can call us on 0161 330 6821 or make an enquiry directly with our Family and Divorce Team: Get in touch with Carla Williams on 0161 330 6821 or via email