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.

Memories of family cases at Somerset House

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December 7, 2017 1 comment

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Whilst reading a piece of news the other day (more of which in a moment) I was reminded of when I used to be a regular visitor to the Divorce Registry at Somerset House. Given that the central courtyard at Somerset House is currently hosting its annual ice skating rink, the event for which the…

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On the road again: divorce in the 21st century

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December 6, 2017 0 comments

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Financial Remedy Courts to be introduced These days I usually try not to fall for the hackneyed device of using song titles for titles of blog posts, but the old song by Canned Heat just didn’t leave my mind when I was considering the President’s circular on Financial Remedy Courts, that was published last Friday….

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Is divorce a sign of failure?

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December 5, 2017 2 comments

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In this post I’m going to step into waters that I don’t usually traverse. I know that some family lawyers regularly discuss the ‘non-legal’ aspects of divorce: the practical, emotional and psychological impact it has on those going through it. Marilyn Stowe was particularly good at it – her book Divorce & Splitting Up, for…

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Attorney fails to have gift to wife ratified

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December 4, 2017 0 comments

I’ll begin this post by stating the obvious: an attorney for a person who is incapable of managing their affairs is in a very special position. They are entrusted with looking after the interests of another person. As such, of course, they must at all times whilst acting as an attorney put the interests of…

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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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Cohabitation Awareness Week: James’s story

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November 29, 2017 0 comments

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James and Sarah met at University, whilst watching a band in the Student’s Union (neither could remember afterwards who the band were). James was studying for a teaching qualification, and Sarah was doing a business studies course. They hit it off immediately, and soon became ‘an item’. Their relationship blossomed throughout the rest of their…

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