Forced Marriages

Legal Assistance with Forced Marriages in Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff, South Wales

image of wedding ringsWhat is a forced marriage?

Forced marriage is a term used to describe a marriage in which one or both of the parties is married without his or her consent or against his or her will.

There are many reasons why parents may force their children into marriage, for instance the belief that the honor code of the family must be maintained in the community or that the children benefit by protecting their beliefs and cultural values.

If you feel that you are being forced into a marriage, the court may be able to make a forced marriage protection order. A forced marriage protection order is a court order that is unique to the circumstances of the case, and will often aim to change the behavior of the person trying to force you into marriage. If the person fails to comply with the order, then the court has the power to imprison that person.

A third person, such as a friend, family member, the Local Authority or police, can ask the court to make a forced marriage protection order on behalf of the victim.

If you feel that you are a victim and feel that you are going to be forced or have been forced into marriage against your will, contact us today for advice and support about the steps that you can take.

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