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.

Brexit, divorce and more

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March 24, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The High Court has held that a ten year old boy, who has been brought up as a Muslim, must attend an Islamic faith school in London, despite his father’s objections. The father described himself as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist, said he wanted his son to have a secular education.  His…

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Can a parent be forced to see their child?

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March 23, 2017 5 comments

In the course of a Twitter conversation I was watching (but not participating in) the other day one of the tweeters made the point that the family courts can force a ‘custodial’ parent to make the child available for contact, but cannot force a non-custodial parent to have contact with the child. It is an…

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Family law and the ‘non-conventional’ family

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March 21, 2017 7 comments

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What is a ‘family’? It’s a fundamental question, and one to which I suspect most people would expect a family lawyer to know the answer. However, I doubt whether many people, lawyers or not, even consider the question. To most a family (as against an ‘extended family’) consists of a mother, a father and their…

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Contributions, inheritance and more

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March 17, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for Febuary 2017. In that month the service received a total of 1,134 care applications, which is an 8 per cent decrease compared to those received…

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The other woman and the perils of DIY divorce

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March 16, 2017 3 comments

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Here’s an interesting, and surely far from unique, scenario. What happens when someone dies, having left their spouse to go to live with a new partner, but not separated their finances from those of their spouse? The case of Martin v Williams is an object lesson on the perils of a “do it yourself” divorce…

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