FORCED MARRIAGES Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both parties are getting married without his/her consent. It is important to understand that a force marriage differs from arranged marriage. In an arranged marriage both parties give consent. You have the right to choose who you wish to marry. A force marriage is when someone physically or emotionally, pressures or uses force against an individual to get married, for example being made to feel you are putting shame on family. The force could be in form of threats, physical violence or sexual violence. Force marriages are illegal in the UK. This offence can result in a sentence of up to 7 years in prison. This includes taking someone overseas to force them into a marriage or taking someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the marriage. In the UK the Force Marriage Unit (FMU) is dedicated to stop these marriages. In order to obtain protection from force marriages we can go to court and obtain a force marriage protection order form, the order is designed to protect you according to the circumstances. We can seek this order on emergency basis to protect you immediately. Disobeying the force marriage protection order can result in 7 year in imprisonment. We at Milson Legal Solicitors work alongside many professionals to help tackle Forced Marriages in the UK. If you or anyone you know are experiencing a similar situation contacts us now for a confidential free initial consultation on 0113 8730032 or complete the form below and we will call you back when it suits you.