A forced marriage is a marriage that takes place without the full and free consent of both parties and will undoubtedly involve circumstances of duress. Duress may include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure.
Traditionally, the victims of Forced Marriages were predominately young females, however, there has been a progressive increase in male individuals being forced into marriage without consent.
The order prevents forced marriages from occurring and to protect those who have already been forced into marriage. The order will be designed to protect you according to your individual circumstances, eg to stop someone taking you out of the UK.
At Ashmans Solicitors, we can advise you fully on whether you qualify to make an application for protection, how this can be done and how best to proceed.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know is being forced into marriage or is at risk of being forced into marriage, speak to one of our Family Solicitors as soon as possible.
Ashmans Solicitors are able to help and support you even if you are abroad. It is important that either you or somebody contacts us as a matter of urgency as we have experience of representing clients living, working or travelling abroad.
Equally, if you have been served with an order then our team at Ashmans Solicitors will be happy to represent and assist you if you wish to oppose the order. We will consider the order and provide you with detailed advice on the strength of your case and options available to you. We appreciate that on occasions the allegations made to support an application for a forced marriage protection order are untrue or exaggerated and in such cases we will do everything we can to disprove such allegations and have the order discharged.