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LIVE 24-SEVEN


NO5 BARRI STERS ’ CHAMBERS FAMILY BARRISTER PUBLISHES BOOK WHICH PUTS FORCED MARRIAGES IN THE LEGAL SPOTLIGHT


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Everyone has the right to choose who they marry, when and where they get married and even, if they actually want to get married at all. However, for some, these choices are taken away from them as they are forced into making a union, often against their will.


By definition, a forced marriage occurs when someone faces physical pressure to marry, such as threats of violence, or emotional or psychological pressure. Many victims describe being made to feel that they are bringing shame on the family if they do not comply. The term forced marriage also includes marrying someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the union. In England and Wales, forced marriage is illegal and carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison. It takes real courage for someone who finds themselves in this frightening situation to stand up to their family, but the law is on their side and they can ask the courts for a forced marriage protection order.


With this in mind, a family law specialist at No5 Barristers’ Chambers has written a book which gives a real insight into


this aspect of the law. Adreeja Chatterjee, who has more than 20 years’ experience specialising in Court of Protection and Family Law, has written A Practical Guide to the Law of Forced and Incapacitous Marriages, which officially launches in January. She has a particular expertise in relation to forced marriage protection orders, and has represented local authorities, police forces, applicants and respondent family members.


A regular speaker on forced and incapacitous marriages, having addressed the UK Association of Women Judges’ Annual Conference on this topic as a guest speaker last year, Adreeja said: “I wrote the book as a go-to practitioner’s guide on the UK law of forced marriages and how to navigate cases where a person legally lacks capacity to marry. The book also examines common issues and pitfalls which arise for adults in forced marriage protection orders in the Family Court and the Court of Protection and gives practical scenarios. Remedies for forced marriages, and marriages which are voidable due to lack of capacity, are also examined. It is important that anyone who finds themselves in this distressing situation, knows that the law can support them and that there are experienced legal experts who can guide them through their case.”


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