If you or someone you know is at risk of being forced into marriage against their will, get in touch with our family law solicitors for advice. Forced marriage is a criminal offence, but you also have civil law options for seeking protection.
At Crisp & Co, we are a specialist firm of family lawyers with expertise in a wide range of complex and challenging issues.
Every person has the right to decide for themselves whether they want to get married or not. We can help people who are facing a forced marriage or are already in a forced marriage apply for a Forced Marriage Protection Order from the courts.
A Forced Marriage Protection Order can prevent someone from doing certain things such as using threats, physical or sexual violence or emotional abuse as a way to force you or someone you know into marriage.
We can make applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders at short notice and on an urgent basis. We can make the application ‘without notice’ which means the person trying to force the marriage won’t be notified until the Order has been made.
We are members of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation for our skills and experience handling complex family law matters, such as those involving abuse and violence.
Get in touch for advice about Forced Marriage Protection Orders
Forced marriage helplines
If you are worried that someone is about to be taken abroad against their will to get married, you can immediately contact the following helplines for assistance:
- The Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151 or email email@example.com
- Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247
In an emergency, call the police on 999.
Try to avoid approaching the victim’s family directly as this may put them at risk of harm.