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Forced Marriages

A forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both of the parties is married without his or her consent or against his or her will.

Why are there forced marriages?

A forced marriage differs from an arranged marriage, in which both parties consent to the assistance of their parents or a third party (commonly a family member/friend) identifying a husband or wife. Although at times the difference between the two may not appear to be clear-cut, it is. If one party says no and/ or expresses no wish to marry, then this then becomes forced.

A reluctance to enter Into a marriage arranged by parents or other family members can at times result in honour based violence occurring. This difficult area is recognised here at Ramsdens and is approached with care and sensitivity.

Ramsdens Solicitors can ensure you are given the opportunity to be guided through a process to obtain protection.

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An Order known as a Forced Marriage Protection Order can be applied for if one of the following applies:-

  • you or someone else is being threatened with a forced marriage,
  • you have already been forced into marriage.

Such Order can be made by the Court to protect you or the person to be protected according to the individual circumstances of that person. Here at Ramsdens we listen very carefully and tailor any applications to the individual person.

Dependant upon the circumstances, it may be necessary for you to meet with one of our team the same day, we endeavour to book appointments as soon as possible for those that need help and advice urgently.

In the UK, the Forced Marriage Unit provides practical advice and information to those affected by forced marriage. The Unit abroad works with embassy staff to assist victims who may have been held against their will. Their website contains useful information.

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