Prime Minister to Announce Law Decision on Forced Marriage

Media have reported that an announcement is to be made this week by the Prime Minister on whether forcing someone to marry should be criminalised in the UK and carry a maximum prison sentence of five years.

The Home Office of course last year carried out a consultation to consider that any steps would not deter people from reporting concerns.  There continues to be arguments and concerns from practitioners who work with victims, which include consideration of whether young people would provide evidence against their family members which could ultimately result in a custodial sentence.

The civil courts already provide assistance in making orders to prevent people being made to marry against their will.  Victims of forced marriage are both male and female.  Victims together with relevant third parties who include the police, local authorities and the NSPCC are able to make applications.   In addition other persons who may be friends or relatives are also able to make applications with permission from the court.

The Home Office has confirmed that the number of forced marriages sadly continues to increase with estimates of approximately 5,000 to 8,000 cases per year.

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Gill Carr

About Gill Carr

Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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