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.

Cafcass figures, the Alfie Evans case and more

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April 20, 2018 0 comments

family law

A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for March 2018. In that month the service received a total of 1,238 care applications. This figure represents a 3.5 per cent increase in comparison with February 2018 and is the second highest monthly total for a…

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Man fails with 1959 property claim

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April 11, 2018 0 comments

property

I practised as a family lawyer from 1983 until 2009. I recall that the ‘oldest’ case I dealt with, in terms of relevant facts, was a divorce case in which the parties had separated way back in 1966. Exactly when I dealt with the case I can’t recall, but it was probably in the late…

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A judgment written to be understood by non-lawyers

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April 10, 2018 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Family court proceedings of virtually any type are capable of being bewildering to the parties involved. When those proceedings concern the possibility of the state removing your child from your care, then the level of bewilderment must go through the roof. In such situations it is surely essential that the court makes every effort to…

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Bulgarian man wins ECHR paternity case

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April 9, 2018 1 comment

paternity

A law that required him to pay maintenance for child that was not his breached his human rights. In this country, and no doubt in many others, there is a presumption that a man married to a child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth is the father of the child. This has the…

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