Author: John Bolch

2018: The year we looked to the future by John Bolch

This year I will keep my review of the year mercifully short. Not only will I limit it to one post, I am only going to mention my top five…
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Expert witnesses and radical changes: The President speaks

On Friday the new President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane gave a speech to the Annual Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference (Bond Solon are a provider of legal…
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A week in family law: Weddings, adoption, financial remedies courts and more

The Chancellor’s announcement that the Government will ask the Law Commission to review the laws around weddings in England and Wales has been welcomed by the Law Commission. The Commission…
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Parental alienation case is a lesson for all parents

I will cut straight to the point: if you are involved in a dispute over arrangements for your child or children, and if the issue of parental alienation has been…
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Litigants in person are not entitled to special privileges

In these post-legal aid days we are of course seeing far more litigants representing themselves in the family courts. Whilst the courts are not unsympathetic to the difficulties faced by…
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Future of legal aid debated by MPs

Last Thursday MPs debated the future of legal aid. The debate was held in Westminster Hall, rather than the (House of) Commons Chamber. Now, I am certainly no expert upon…
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Don’t count your money until you have it

I think the best advice that can be given to anyone involved in contested financial remedy proceedings is: be prepared for the long haul. In particular, do not expect that…
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A week in family law: justice week, child maintenance and a new surrogacy service

The number of children supported through a child protection plan to keep them safe from harm increased by more than 2,700 over the past year, the biggest annual increase in…
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Does the extension of civil partnerships threaten cohabitation reform?

The recent news that the Government is extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples was greeted with near universal approval, particularly amongst family lawyers. However, I have seen some, including at…
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Mother ordered to return child to Latvia

I’ve often written here about the international nature of family law these days, with families regularly crossing international borders. And sometimes, as we will see, those borders can be re-crossed…
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