What constitutes a Forced Marriage?
Forced marriage is a marriage that is carried out without the valid consent of both partners. It can also occur when one or both parties feel pressure to marry (either from violent or emotional threats and/or being made to feel they will bring shame on the family if they do not marry).
Allegations of forced marriage or honour-based violence are frightening and distressing for everyone involved. We know you may be feeling scared, anxious and uncertain, and that you will need the best legal advice.
Our award-winning team of lawyers in Newcastle and South Shields provide a highly skilled and effective service.
We will listen to your worries and concerns and give you clear advice about your options. We work with people who are being accused of forcing someone into a marriage, as well as those who need to take action to prevent a forced marriage from happening.
We will advise you about steps you can take on an urgent basis to protect yourself, and our experienced team of lawyers can represent you in any relevant court proceedings.
We work with local support services to ensure you receive the practical and emotional help you may need, such as counselling, help with benefits and finding somewhere safe to live.