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.

The court system: a bleak outlook

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April 26, 2017 2 comments

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There is something natural about someone who has come to the end of a career in a particular profession fearing for that profession’s future. After all, the profession will have changed enormously over the course of that career, and the way it looks at the end of the career may bear little relation to the…

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Wife not liable for husband’s loan

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April 25, 2017 0 comments

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Despite the passage of some forty years, the memory of studying the law of equity at university still gives me the shudders. I have mentioned here before the Chancery Division of the High Court, with its archaic and arcane practices. The law of equity was developed in the Chancery Division, and can thus be equally…

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Family law can be better

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April 20, 2017 14 comments

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The Sensible Party Manifesto 2017 Introduction Dear friend, We are a great country. With a great family justice system. But it can be so much better. Here at the Sensible Party we believe we can make a family justice system fit for the twenty-first century. The policies we set out in this manifesto will do…

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You can’t circumvent the system

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April 19, 2017 18 comments

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We call it the ‘family justice system’. The third of those words is important: it is a complete system, designed to dispense family justice. That means that it provides everything required to thoroughly investigate matters relating to family justice, including procedures to review decisions and to ensure that, subject to any such review, those decisions…

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