John Bolch

John Bolch often wonders how he ever became a family lawyer. He no longer practises, but has instead earned a reputation as one of the UK's best-known family law bloggers.

Discrimination, two new statutes and more

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February 24, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law A couple who had their one-week old child removed from them by the local authority while still in the hospital maternity ward had their human rights breached, the Family Court has held. The local authority, Kirklees Council, received a referral from the maternity ward which raised concerns about the parents’…

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In praise of short judgments

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February 23, 2017 1 comment

family law

One of the central strands of the drive towards greater transparency has been encouraging the media and others to read law reports, in order to get an accurate picture of what the court decided, and why. Long-time readers will recall that back in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issued…

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Is it just me or are these domestic abuse plans odd?

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February 21, 2017 3 comments

domestic violence

On Friday the Prime Minister’s Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice joined their formidable forces to publish a press release informing us that: “Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act.” The news appears to have been generally…

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The case against marriage

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February 20, 2017 24 comments

family law

The case of Tini Owens, who is appealing to the Court of Appeal against the refusal of the court below to grant her a divorce, has led to a flurry of debate. The advocates of no-fault divorce have jumped on it as further evidence in support of their cause, and others, such as Marilyn Stowe,…

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Cafcass figures, divorce nonsense and more

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February 17, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for January 2017, and the upward trend has returned. In that month the service received a total of 1,119 care applications, which is a 7 per cent increase…

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Do judges favour wives?

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February 14, 2017 6 comments

family law

For the second day in a row I find myself writing a critical post here about an article that appeared in a national newspaper. Still, I suppose someone has to make sure that the great British public (or at least that part of it in England and Wales) is properly informed… On Sunday a piece…

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Myths about fatherhood

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February 13, 2017 6 comments

family life

On Sunday The Observer ran a couple of pieces on the subject of fatherhood. I’m not sure whether this was to mark some occasion linked to the subject of fatherhood (it always seems to be national-something-or-other-day) but whatever, the pieces did highlight a couple of myths around the subject, and brought to mind another. The…

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