Divorce is a difficult time for any couple, but it can be especially complicated and hard to navigate for couples who have had an arranged marriage. In addition to complications that come with the divorce process, couples can often find themselves on the receiving end of stigma.
But how can couples in the UK harmoniously navigate divorce after an arranged marriage?

What is an arranged marriage?

With an arranged marriage, the family will usually take the lead on deciding who an individual marries. They will often arrange meetings where the prospective couple meet and get to know one another. Usually the parents are leading the search for a partner for their son or daughter. With an arranged marriage, both parties enter the marriage with consent. Thus, it is recognised under English law.
For some communities, an arranged marriage is a tradition, and an integral part of the family’s culture and values. This way of marriage is a way for two households to join together. With many successful marriages existing today, which have remained strong since the beginning.

The difference between an arranged marriage and a forced marriage

Unlike an arranged marriage, with a forced marriage, one or both parties will enter the marriage under pressure, under duress, or is not fully aware of the situation. Therefore, in the UK a forced marriage is a breach of human rights and a criminal offence.
If a person is found guilty to have forced a person to marry in the UK, a prison sentence can be up to 7 years.

When difficulties arise with arranged marriages

Arranged marriages are still prevalent in many cultures and religions around the world. While these marriages are often successful and happy, they can also be fraught with difficulties. Just like with ‘regular’ marriages, couples who have an arranged marriage can also experience issues within their marriage.
A couple can decide they want a divorce for many reasons. These can include adultery, indifference, a lack of equality. Or, unrealistic expectations, abuse or simply just falling out of love with one another.

No-Fault divorce

On the 6th of April 2022, the ‘no-fault divorce’ came into force. This changed the divorce process for people in England and Wales. The main change was the removal of the requirement to prove the ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of the marriage, due to one of the 5 previously provided reasons. The breakdown of the relationship can be proved by one or both parties.

How a divorce lawyer can help

If you are currently wanting to know more about the process of divorce after an arranged marriage, you can discreetly get in touch with a member of our team. At Beeston Shenton Solicitors, we have extensive experience in helping couples navigate divorce after an arranged marriage. We can provide you with expert legal advice and support throughout the process.

Cultural and religious expectations

One of the most challenging aspects of divorce after an arranged marriage is dealing with cultural and religious expectations. In some cultures, divorce is still considered taboo, and families may put pressure on couples to stay together. In other cases, the couple may have entered into the marriage under the assumption that it was for life, and they may struggle with feelings of guilt or shame.
If you are struggling with these issues, it is essential to seek support. From family and friends who understand your cultural background. You may also find it helpful to speak with a therapist or counsellor who can help you work through your emotions and provide you with coping strategies.

Children and financial issues

Whilst in most cases the divorce process is straightforward, it can become more complicated if there are disputes over financial settlements, child custody, or other issues. This is where our solicitors can help, ensuring you have a fair settlement.

Contact Us

We understand that every divorce is unique, and we take a personalised approach to every case we handle. Our solicitors will work closely with you to understand your goals and concerns and develop a strategy that meets your needs. We will keep you informed every step of the way and ensure that you are fully aware of your legal rights and options.
If you are considering divorce after an arranged marriage, it is essential to seek legal advice as soon as possible. At Beeston Shenton Solicitors, we offer a free initial consultation, where we can discuss your options and provide you with advice on the best course of action. We can also help you understand the legal and financial implications of divorce, and guide you through the process from start to finish.
Call us on 01782 662424 or email us at info@beestonshenton.co.uk