About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Forced Marriage Act

The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 came into force in November - see this announcement on the MoJ website . The Act enables courts to prevent forced marriages and order those responsible for forcing another into marriage to change their behaviour or face jail. It also provides recourse for those already forced into marriage.

UK lawyer Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE has leapt straight in and is using the Act to try to prevent the forced marriage of a UK born 33 year old trainee GP in Bangladesh, the Independent reports (and Sky News and the Daily Mail . The Act is not directly enforceable in Bangladesh but orders issued in the UK have been reflected in orders in Bangladesh requiring the family to produce the doctor to the courts. Unfortunately so far they have not complied.

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