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.

Family court orders must be obeyed by John Bolch

March 19, 2014 3 comments

family law

Last October the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby got mad. The object of his annoyance was a local authority that had failed to comply with an order requiring it to file statements. The case was Re W (A Child), in which parents were opposing the making of adoption orders in respect of…

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The diversity of judgments by John Bolch

March 18, 2014 1 comment

family law

The publication of new family law judgments continues apace. Yesterday I came across six, dealing with a wide spectrum of family law matters. I thought it would be worth while having a quick look through them, to demonstrate the diversity of problems faced by our family law judges. First up was Re M-M (A Child)….

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The pace of change by John Bolch

March 17, 2014 16 comments

I’ve never known a time like it. One way or another I’ve been involved in family law for more than thirty years now. During that time there have, of course, been major changes (the Children Act 1989 and the introduction of child support maintenance both spring to mind), but there was never so much change…

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Taking children abroad on holiday by John Bolch

March 13, 2014 1 comment

Yesterday I wrote about the case Re R (Children: Temporary Leave To Remove From Jurisdiction), which concerned an application by the mother for permission to take the four children of the family on holiday to India for two weeks during the Easter school holidays. In the course of that post I didn’t really explain the…

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A judicial dilemma by John Bolch

March 12, 2014 7 comments

marriage

A recurring theme of my posts here has been the difficult decisions which our family court judges regularly have to make. Another example popped up just this morning. The case was Re R (Children: Temporary Leave To Remove From Jurisdiction). It concerned, amongst other things, an application by the mother for permission to take the…

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A system designed for litigants in person by John Bolch

March 11, 2014 7 comments

family law

As reported here yesterday, new research suggests that almost half of all court cases involving children now feature unrepresented litigants in person. The courts system is having to adapt to this new reality, and some of the adaptations became clearer yesterday, when the final report to the President of the Family Division of the Private…

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Will Clare’s Law make much difference? By John Bolch

March 10, 2014 53 comments

domestic violence

Amid much media fanfare, and timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, better known as ‘Clare’s Law’ was introduced across England and Wales on Saturday. The scheme enables people to find out from the police whether their partner has a history of domestic violence. The news was, of course, welcomed…

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What family lawyers were talking about this week… by John Bolch

March 7, 2014 0 comments

As might be expected, the Law Commission’s report recommending, amongst other things, that qualifying pre-nuptial agreements be enforceable has continued to be the subject of considerable debate. Resolution, the association of family lawyers, welcomed the report, saying it would provide greater clarity for married couples on separation. On the other hand, it has been suggested…

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