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.

A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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A personal review of the year, part 2

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December 21, 2017 0 comments

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This continues my personal review of 2017. (The first part, covering the January to April, can be found in my post here yesterday). May: crazy My story choices for May are all about finances, the first two both about the extraordinary sums of money divorcing couples are prepared to spend arguing over who has what….

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A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

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In a (probably futile) attempt to make the traditional annual review of the year a little bit different, this year I am concentrating not so much on the big family law news stories, but rather the stories that I found of particular interest. Hopefully, this might make the review a little more interesting to the…

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Lawyers are good for children

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December 18, 2017 7 comments

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Or: we all like to say “I told you so”! Sometimes in life something is so self-evident that you really can’t understand why other people think differently. In such cases it is really satisfying when you come across independent confirmation that you were, indeed, right. The temptation to say “I told you so” can then…

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FGM, children cases, statistics and more

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Statistics regarding the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, for the period from July to September 2017, have been published by the NHS. During that period there were 1,760 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken….

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Inequality of arms in a post-legal aid world

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December 13, 2017 7 comments

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I nearly deleted the email. Greeted with it in my inbox early last Saturday morning, my still sleepy brain couldn’t initially make sense of it. It seemed to be just another spam email from some stranger, of the type that I receive all the time, and I automatically hovered over the ‘trash’ button. But then…

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The reality of domestic abuse

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December 12, 2017 5 comments

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A picture of life on the ‘front line’ I suspect that most people who have not suffered or witnessed it would have only a vague idea of the reality of domestic abuse. That is understandable. I thought that as a solicitor who practised family law for about a quarter of a century I would have…

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