About Me


I'm John Bolch.

I studied law at Reading University and The College of Law, Chester. I was admitted as a solicitor on April Fool's Day 1985, which has always seemed somehow appropriate.

For the next twenty-four years I worked almost exclusively in family law, dealing primarily with divorce, financial remedies (financial/property settlements on divorce), private law children matters and cohabitee disputes. I was also a member of Resolution and of the Law Society's Family Law Panel.

I started writing Family Lore in January 2006, which I believe makes it the first family law blog in this country.

I gave up practising in 2009 and now work freelance as a writer on family law matters.

In August 2009 my book Do Your Own Divorce, a guide for litigants in person, was published.

You can email me at: john[at]familylore.co.uk. Please note, however, that I am not able to give advice, whether via this email address, or otherwise (I no longer hold a practising certificate).

This means that I am also unable to advise in comments. If you want advice, you can find a specialist family lawyer here. If you can't afford a lawyer, you may be able to find help here.

I can provide family law content for your blog or website - for more information, see here.

If you would like to advertise on Family Lore, see my advertising policy.