‘A Practical Guide to the Law of Forced and Incapacitous Marriages’ by Adreeja Chatterjee

Paperback: 978-1-912687-31-2
Publication due: September 2019
Price: TBA


‘A Practical Guide to the Law of Forced and Incapacitous Marriages’ is the 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. Readers will be guided through the framework of civil forced marriage protection orders and how they operate from start to finish, including what happens in the event of a breach. Also contained is an overview of the new criminal offence, as well as a detailed practical summary of the law for incapacitated adults, i.e. those who are unable to decide to marry because they lack capacity to do so, and common issues and pitfalls which arise for such adults in forced marriage protection orders in the Family Courts and the Court of Protection. The book covers vulnerable adults who possess capacity to marry and protection for such individuals on the cusp of capacity, and also contains a section about remedies should the marriage be voidable due to lack of capacity.


Adreeja Chatterjee is a practising barrister with over 20 years experience, specialising in Court of Protection and Family Law. She is an expert in the law of forced marriages, having undertaken a number of prominent cases since the enactment of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection Act) 2007. As well as her considerable experience of handling family/civil forced marriage protection orders, Adreeja has an in-depth knowledge of the law on capacity to consent to marriage for vulnerable adults and those who lack such capacity due to learning disabilities and mental health conditions and the restrictions such individuals encounter. Adreeja is a popular and regular speaker on forced and incapacitous marriages and delivers webinars and training on the law and practice. She is regularly ranked in the principal legal journals as a leading practitioner in her field.