There has been a lot of discussion about changing the law to protect elderly/vulnerable people against predatory marriage – a situation where an individual, often vulnerable due to age or impairment, is coerced or manipulated into a marriage for the purpose of financial exploitation. Predatory Marriage UK is pushing for reform, such that marriage does not revoke a Will, since spouses already have protection and can bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Did you know that you can enter a caveat against a marriage?
If you have concerns about a predatory marriage, you can call the local Registry Office and have them enter a caveat on their online system. This would not be effective for religious venues however, so you would need to contact them and put them on notice.
Every week there are reports of elderly and vulnerable being financially abused or exploited by family, friends, or even carers. Predatory marriage is also abuse and Predatory Marriage UK aim to create a new criminal offence in relation to this.
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You can find out more about predatory marriage in this article in Today’s Wills & Probate: