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The International Family Law team at Ben Hoare Bell is the only one of its kind in the North East, dealing with emergency situations such as:

Forced marriages are those conducted without the consent of one or both parties, with pressure a factor – unlike arranged marriages, which have the consent of both parties. Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights and a form of domestic violence. Victims often experience physical violence, rape, abduction, false imprisonment and enslavement, sexual abuse, mental and emotional abuse, and at a times, murder. Sometimes families may try to persuade the reluctant party with threat or even violence to protect the family honour.

If this is happening to you or someone you know make sure you get the right support.

Leading the team is Cris McCurley. Cris has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with these issues. She is a member of the Government’s specialist Child Abduction and Contact Panel, as well as being a member of the Reunite International Panel for Child Abduction Lawyers. Cris is also a member of the Law Society Children Panel.

Cris is a founding member of the National Child Abduction Lawyers Association, and is a trainer and examiner in forced marriage and honour based violence for Reunite, the Solicitors Family Law Association.

Cris is a member of the Federation of International Women Lawyers, as well as being National Lead for the Resolution Domestic Abuse Committee for forced marriage and violence in BME communities. She was awarded the Karma Nirvana Heroine award by the survivors group in 2009 and most recently was awarded the national Law Society Excellence Award of ‘Solicitor of the Year’ in 2014.

Cris and her experienced team deal with all family cases (including cases involving BME families and children and social services) where an international or cultural issue is a feature.

Any case with an international element is likely to be complex, so it is essential to find an expert to help you through it.

We have many links with refuge centres around the North East and we will seek to ensure you are put out of any immediate danger and put you in contact with one of these places. Together we can offer the emotional and legal support you require.

Please contact our International Family team on 0191 275 2626 to discuss your case in more detail on a no obligation basis.

We offer appointments at our Newcastle and Middlesbrough offices. We can also arrange visits to local refuge centres.

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