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The law on forced marriage

If you or someone you know is in a forced marriage – or being forced to marry – the law in Scotland provides both civil and criminal protection.

Forcing someone into marriage is a criminal offence in Scotland. This includes:

The police take forced marriage seriously. They'll investigate your case and will help keep you safe.

However, civil protection through a Forced Marriage Protection Order is also an option. Support organisations can give you help and confidential advice if you want to talk about what to do next.

Disobeying a Forced Marriage Protection Order can result in a sentence of up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to £10,000.

Find out more about the law on forced marriage.

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