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.

Law reform, adoption and more

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January 20, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Tim Loughton MP’s Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill has been blocked by the government at its second reading in the House of Commons. The Bill would have amended the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to provide that opposite sex couples may enter a civil partnership. Mr Loughton said that there…

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Towards a virtual divorce system at last?

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January 18, 2017 1 comment

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As the sales figures for all of the big retailers have pretty well consistently shown in the last few years, online sales are increasing and high street sales are decreasing. Similar things have been seen in other service industries, such as banking and insurance. The world of the real is being replaced by the world…

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Breaking out of the bubble

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January 16, 2017 8 comments

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In his last speech President Obama spoke of the “bubble” in which people like to cocoon themselves these days, particularly on social media. They follow people with views that are similar to their own, and block, unfollow or mute people who disagree with those views. In this way they ensure that they live in a…

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Children’s rights, Cafcass figures and more

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January 13, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Perhaps it has something to do with the time of year, but there haven’t been an awful lot of family law stories of importance this week. Still, I have come up with the following. The continuing saga of the problem of alleged perpetrators of domestic violence cross-examining their alleged victims…

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A lot of progress, and none

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January 11, 2017 1 comment

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In the continuing absence of much in the way of new cases or news (apart from the continuing saga of banning alleged abusers from cross-examining their alleged victims), I thought I would delve a little further into the swathe of old House of Lords decisions recently published on the Bailii website that I mentioned in…

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Dowry: the problem that won’t go away

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January 10, 2017 1 comment

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There are few new judgments published at this time of year, but the other day the excellent site Bailii, which “provides access to the most comprehensive set of British and Irish primary legal materials that are available for free and in one place on the internet”, treated us to a slew of old House of…

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Response and responsibility

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January 9, 2017 0 comments

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Do not always frown at the inexperienced, for a lack of experience may indicate huge potential. Anonymous I read with great interest Marilyn Stowe’s post the other day My first day in court. Her recollection of her horrendous experience as a newly-qualified solicitor struck a chord, not just with me but also with other lawyers,…

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