Forced Marriage Solicitor

Forced Marriage Solicitor

For a brighter future

If you or someone you know is facing a forced marriage, our experienced solicitors offer immediate, empathetic and expert legal help. Our specialist forced marriage solicitors combine years of experience with deep empathy, making sure you’re not alone during this difficult time.

With us, you’ll find immediate assistance, tailored solutions and the utmost confidentiality - a complete package of legal services to secure your safety and protect your rights. We understand that trust is vital, especially when the stakes are so high. We not only offer expert forced marriage guidance but also put your wellbeing at the forefront of everything we do.

To speak to a solicitor in confidence about a forced marriage, call us now on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through our website.

How Switalskis can help you

In the difficult and sensitive area of forced marriage, you need someone by your side who not only has the legal expertise but also the emotional intelligence to handle your case with the utmost care. At Switalskis, our forced marriage solicitors provide a holistic approach that goes beyond the courtroom. 

Our forced marriage solicitors are highly skilled in navigating the legal complexities involved. Whether it's understanding forced marriage protection orders or guiding you through the legal repercussions of resisting a forced marriage, we offer precise, actionable advice every step of the way.

In situations that need urgent action, our forced marriage lawyers are prepared to act swiftly to protect you. From urgent court hearings to liaising with law enforcement agencies, we're equipped to move rapidly on your behalf.

Your privacy is our utmost concern. We provide a safe, confidential space for you to discuss your situation. With us, you can speak openly without the fear of judgement or information leakage.

Forced marriage cases often intersect with other issues such as domestic violence, emotional abuse and immigration status. Our team collaborates with experts across various disciplines to make sure that you receive comprehensive support. We understand the cultural nuances that often accompany forced marriage cases. Our solicitors are trained to handle the sensitivities with the respect and understanding they deserve.

Legal action can be costly, but we believe that everyone should have access to justice. Legal Aid is available as long as you meet the qualifying requirements, which we will discuss with you. We're upfront about our fees and offer a range of payment options to suit your financial circumstances.

What is forced marriage?

Forced marriage is a deeply troubling and illegal practice where one or both parties enter marriage without their full and free consent. It often involves emotional coercion, blackmail, threats, physical violence, or even abduction. It's vital to distinguish between an arranged marriage and a forced marriage. In an arranged marriage, families may play a role in matching couples, but both people have the ultimate say and can freely choose to accept or decline the arrangement. In a forced marriage, that choice is taken away.

As specialist forced marriage solicitors, we understand that every situation is unique and comes with its own set of challenges and complexities. It's not limited to any particular culture, religion or demographic. Men and women, as well as children and adults alike, can be victims. Forced marriage is a severe violation of human rights, and the UK has specific laws aimed at preventing and punishing this practice.

If you're facing a situation involving forced marriage, it's important to consult with a knowledgeable forced marriage lawyer who can guide you through the legal options available to protect your rights and safety.

I am worried about being forced to marry, what can I do?

If you’re worried that you or someone you know may be at risk of forced marriage then you can apply to the court for a forced marriage protection order. Forced marriage protection orders are granted by the courts to prevent a victim from being forced into marriage either in the UK or abroad. Orders can be obtained in relation to both civil and religious marriages.

All people have the freedom to choose whether they wish to enter a marriage or not. Some people may not realise that what they’re going through is a forced marriage. Some people may define their experiences as ‘what family expects’ rather than force or pressure. If you’re unsure if you’re in a forced marriage situation then speak to one of the members of the Switalskis family team who will advise you. You can also find more information at .

Filing an application for a forced marriage protection order

If you or someone you know is at risk of being forced into marriage, a forced marriage protection order (FMPO) is an important legal instrument that can provide immediate protection. At Switalskis, our experienced forced marriage solicitors can guide you through this complex process, making sure you will receive the protection and justice you deserve. Here’s what you need to know:

Step 1: Initial consultation

We begin with a confidential consultation with one of our expert forced marriage solicitors. This meeting serves as a vital step for us to understand your unique situation, allowing us to tailor our advice accordingly.

Step 2: Preparing the application

We meticulously prepare your FMPO application, making sure that it meets the necessary legal criteria. Our attention to detail maximises the likelihood of the court granting the order in your favour.

Step 3: Representing you in court

Going to court can be intimidating, but you won't be alone. One of our expert forced marriage lawyers will stand by your side, presenting your case with the skill and sensitivity it demands.

Step 4: Post-order follow-up

Once the FMPO is in place, we continue to provide comprehensive legal and emotional support. This includes regular check-ins to make sure the order is being adhered to and what steps to take if it isn't.

Step 5: Modifying or extending the order

Life circumstances change, and you might need to modify or extend the protection order. We're here to help you navigate these adjustments, making sure that you remain protected.

Applying for a FMPO is a complex and emotionally taxing process. At Switalskis, we bring legal expertise and compassionate support to make it as smooth and effective as possible for you.

FAQs about forced marriage

Is forced marriage legal?

Forced marriage isn’t legal in the United Kingdom. It is a serious criminal offence under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Anyone found guilty of forcing someone into marriage can face up to seven years in prison. Additionally, forced marriage protection orders can be obtained through the family courts to protect victims or potential victims of forced marriage. Violating such an order can result in imprisonment as well.

If you believe you’re at risk of being forced into a marriage or are already in a forced marriage, it's important to seek legal assistance immediately. Laws are in place to protect you, and at Switalskis, we're well-equipped to help you navigate them.

What is a forced marriage protection order?

An FMPO is a legal order issued by the courts, designed to safeguard victims by placing restrictions on the persons who are trying to force them into marriage. Violation of these orders can result in serious penalties, including imprisonment.

How quickly can I get help with a forced marriage?

Speed is often vital in cases of forced marriage. As soon as you contact us, we'll set up a confidential consultation with a specialised forced marriage solicitor to discuss your situation as quickly as possible, often within 24 hours. Legal measures, like a forced marriage protection order, can sometimes be arranged in a matter of days, especially in emergency situations where immediate protection is needed.

Is my situation confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of our service at Switalskis. We understand the sensitive nature of forced marriage cases and assure you that all interactions with our legal team will be held in the strictest confidence. This extends to all the evidence you provide and any discussions you have with your solicitor. Your privacy and safety are our primary concerns, and all steps will be taken to make sure that they are upheld throughout the legal process.

To speak to a solicitor in confidence about a forced marriage, call us now on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through our website.

Our Forced Marriage Solicitor Team

Clare PeckettDirector and Solicitor
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Allan LayfieldDirector and Solicitor
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Toby NettingDirector and Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Navigating the complex and sensitive issue of forced marriage can be an overwhelming experience, but you don't have to go through it alone. Here's why Switalskis should be your first choice when seeking expert legal advice and compassionate support:

Clarity in complexity

Forced marriage cases often involve intricate layers of cultural, emotional and legal elements. At Switalskis, we pride ourselves on making the complex simple. Our expert forced marriage solicitors will break down the legal jargon into plain English, helping you understand your rights, the law and your options clearly. We'll guide you through every step, making sure that you're never left in the dark.

Empathy at every step

We understand the courage it takes to seek help, especially for something as deeply personal and life-altering as a forced marriage. Our team offers not just expert legal advice but also emotional support tailored to your individual needs. We work diligently to build a relationship of trust, helping you feel comfortable and secure throughout the process.

Expertise you can trust

With years of experience in family law and specialised knowledge in forced marriage cases, our solicitors have both the skillset and the understanding to handle your situation effectively. Many of our lawyers are accredited specialists in family law and will make sure that you're receiving advice you can rely on.

Championing your rights

We are unwavering in our commitment to securing the best possible outcome for you. Whether it's filing a forced marriage protection order or guiding you through the legal ramifications of your situation, we will stand by you as a fierce advocate for your rights and wellbeing.

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you're facing the difficulties and uncertainties of a forced marriage situation, don't struggle in silence. The first step towards regaining control of your life starts with reaching out.

Here at Switalskis, our expert solicitors are ready to guide you through every legal and emotional challenge you might face. Get the peace of mind you deserve, along with the expert legal representation that only Switalskis can provide.

Call us now on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website for a confidential, no-obligation consultation.

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