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.

Appeal against DNA order dismissed


February 14, 2018 0 comments

family life

Sometimes it is interesting to follow a case through from the original decision of the court to an appeal, especially where that original decision could be considered somewhat controversial. Back in April 2016 I wrote here about the case Spencer v Anderson (Paternity Testing: Jurisdiction), which concerned an application by a man for a declaration…

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Gauke moving with the times on divorce


February 8, 2018 1 comment


Or: The Times successfully undermines marriage even more… I shall take no credit for it, but it is nevertheless very pleasing to read that the new Lord Chancellor David Gauke is heeding my calls for no-fault divorce. OK, he’s not actually said that the Government will introduce no-fault divorce, just that he will “examine the…

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