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 costs of unreasonable conduct in children cases

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October 18, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

The general rule on costs in English law is that the loser should pay the winner’s costs (lawyers refer to this rule as ‘costs follow the event’). However, that rule does not usually apply to family proceedings, in particular proceedings relating to children, because it is not considered appropriate to discourage family litigants from going…

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Courts deal with invisible children

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October 11, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

I’m not a great fan of live-tweeting from legal events, but a tweet on Monday from the Nagalro October 2017 Conference struck a chord with me. For those who don’t know, Nagalro is, as its website tells us, “a professional association for social work practitioners who work in the children and families field and represent…

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MIAMs, a domestic violence register and more

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October 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law I was grimly amused when I read the latest legal aid statistics, for the quarter April to June 2017, which show that the number of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in that period was down by 11 per cent compared to the previous year. The figure currently stands at…

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