The UK's Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 came into force on November 25, 2008, and specialist courts are designated in areas where most cases are expected to arise. The purpose of the Act is to give UK family courts the power to prevent attempts to force someone into a marriage where they do not consent. If such a marriage has already taken place, the court will be able to make orders to protect the victim while helping to remove them from the situation (similar to injunctive relief). Recognizing that vulnerability may prevent victims being able to apply in their own right, the Act allows interested third parties to apply with the leave of the court on behalf of the victim. This book examines the Act, including: Background - Full and Free Consent . Definitions . Applications for Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPO) . Enforcement . Practical Guidance to Applicants for a FMPO . Practical Guidance to Respondents to a FMPO . Challenges for Practitioners . Appendix (Legislation / Statutory Guidance / Precedents).
Publication Date: 9/30/2009