Forced marriage

Forced marriage guidance for local authorities and relevant third parties

Guidance for local authorities on applying for forced marriage protection orders and information for other agencies.

Anyone threatened with forced marriage or forced to marry against their will can apply for a Forced Marriage Protection Order. Third parties, such as relatives, friends, voluntary workers and police officers, can also apply for a protection order with the leave of the court.

Fifteen county courts deal with applications and make orders to prevent forced marriages.

Local authorities can now seek a protection order for vulnerable adults and children without leave of the court.

The guidance explains how local authorities can apply for protection orders and provides information for other agencies.

Forced marriage guidance for local authorities and relevant third parties (PDF 0.28mb 14 pages)
Forced marriage guidance for local authorities and relevant third parties (Welsh)(PDF 0.13mb 11 pages)

Forced Marriage Protection Orders

Guidance on the court process for those wishing to make a Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO).

It explains the background to the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 and how the Act protects those who are being forced into a marriage, or are already in a forced marriage.

It includes information on who can apply for an FMPO, examples of the terms of orders and information on the specified county courts that deal with applications. It also includes information on special facilities to protect victims, legal aid provisions, confidentiality in forced marriage cases, as well as information for legal practitioners dealing with forced marriage cases.

Forced Marriage Protection Orders - A Guide to the Court Process (PDF 0.13mb)
Ministry of Justice

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