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Samantha Padfield Joins the CMS Legal Team

Samantha Padfield Joins the CMS Legal Team

It is with great pleasure that we announce the most recent appointment of Ms Samantha Padfield Read More

Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future

Over the last few months CMS Legal Family Lawyers has had the privilege of hosting College Read More

Keep Beauty Real Campaign

Keep Beauty Real Campaign

When our solicitor Marilyn Krawitz is not attending to clients at CMS Legal Family Lawyers, Read More

Confidentiality in the Family Court of WA

Confidentiality in the Family Court of WA

It's common knowledge that the media cannot publish the names of the parties in Family Court Read More

Court Grants Widow Right to Use Dead Husband's Sperm

Court Grants Widow Right to Use Dead Husband's Sperm

For most new parents, having a child is one of the most special times of their lives. However, Read More

Samantha Padfield Joins the CMS Legal Team

It is with great pleasure that we announce the most recent appointment of Ms Samantha Padfield to the CMS Legal Family Lawyers team.

Samantha joins CMS Legal with a wealth of experience, having practiced solely in Family Law for over 10 years. Samantha is a highly regarded family lawyer in Perth and brings significant depth to the already excellent current team of solicitors.

Given that Samantha has worked in a number of firms, we asked her what her impressions of CMS Legal were.

Samantha said,
"CMS Legal is a firm that is client focused, friendly and team orientated. It provides a good balance of experience and commitment to achieving a satisfying outcome for clients within the legal realms."

Samantha is adept at dealing with complex financial matters. Her role as Independent Children's Lawyer has increased her awareness and ability in addressing sensitive and emotional issues relating to children and parenting matters.

We asked Samantha what her professional vision is.

She said,
"I strive to provide a sensitive and balanced approach to all family law clients, ensuring that the individual needs of a client are considered with sound advice."

If you require advice or assistance in relation to a property or children's matter, please contact our office on 9207 1866 to arrange a time to speak with Samantha.

Investing in the Future

Over the last few months CMS Legal Family Lawyers has had the privilege of hosting College of Law student Alyce Wallace.

Over the final stages of fulfilling the requirements of becoming a lawyer, students must complete units with the College of Law, as well as gain quality work experience within the legal profession.

Alyce came to us from the University of Tasmania and impressed us with her enthusiasm for learning and her dedicated commitment to achieving her goals.

Over her time with CMS Legal, Alyce attending court proceedings, sat in on client appointments and assisted in the preparation of court documents.  Alyce worked tirelessly to complete all tasks set for her and thrived with every new learning opportunity.

Next month sees Alyce admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with her and look with anticipation to see how here career progresses.

Keep Beauty Real Campaign

When our solicitor Marilyn Krawitz is not attending to clients at CMS Legal Family Lawyers, she is regularly found on the grounds of the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle Campus) as a law lecturer and more often than not, becoming a regular voice to media outlets and publications with her expert research into modern day legal issues.

This week saw Marilyn take to our TV & radio airwaves over the recent new law passed in Israel that creates greater awareness of digitally altered images in the media.

Marilyn is calling on the Australian Government to introduce a similar law in Australia which would require media outlets and advertising agencies to publish a warning if their images have been photoshopped or altered to make the models appear thinner. Models would be required to have a minimum body mass index in order to work in their profession. The law in Israel is designed to combat body image problems among its citizens, particularly teenagers.

You can see Marilyn's interview with Samantha Armytage from Channel 7's Sunrise program below.
https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/24209567/photoshop-law/

Marilyn says: "I am grateful that I am able to research important legal topics that impact upon many Australians. I believe that this research makes me a more knowledgeable lawyer and better able to assist my clients."

Marilyn is currently in the final stages of completing her PhD with Murdoch University where she has researched the effects and impacts of social media upon the courts.

To speak to Marilyn about her work or to discuss a legal matter, please contact our office.

Confidentiality in the Family Court of WA

It's common knowledge that the media cannot publish the names of the parties in Family Court proceedings. This maintains the confidentiality of Family Court proceedings, which is extremely important. If a media outlet breaches this confidentiality, it may face severe consequences.

The Courier-Mail, a newspaper based in Brisbane, published photographs and the names of a mother and her four children who live on the Sunshine Coast in 2012. The mother and her children were involved in a custody dispute with the children's father in Italy.

Judge Terence Martin SC of the Brisbane District Court recently fined the Courier-Mail $120,000 for their actions. His Honour stated that,

''this was persistent, serious offending in deliberate defiance of the law and importantly in complete disregard of the interests of four children.''

For more information about this article, visit:

http://www.abc.net.au/courier-mail-fined-for-identifying-family-in-custody-battle

http://www.couriermail.com.au/the-couriermail-has-been-fined-120000-for-illegally-identifying-family-involved-in-court-custody-battle

If you would like information about child custody disputes in Western Australia, we are happy to help. Please contact our team at CMS Legal Family Lawyers.

 

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Court Grants Widow Right to Use Dead Husband's Sperm

For most new parents, having a child is one of the most special times of their lives. However, for one woman in South Australia, starting a family was more challenging than it may have been for some - she had to receive a Justice's permission to do so.

This woman, in South Australia, was married to her husband for nine years. He sadly passed away when a car hit the motorcycle that he rode in March 2011. After her husband passed away, the woman ensured that his sperm was frozen. She then applied to the Court to use the sperm for IVF treatment to conceive a child.

Justice Tom Gray of the Supreme Court of South Australia decided in late 2013 that the 30 year old woman could use her deceased husband's sperm to start a family. His Honour stated that as a result of the written evidence provided to him that he believed that the couple had a genuine desire to start a family. He also stated that "the woman appears to have given much thought to the realities of being a single parent and to the process of in-vitro fertilisation."

This case sets a precedent in this area in South Australia. For more information about this case, see: adelaidenow.com.au

Another interesting article about posthumous sperm donation is found here: theaustralian.com.au

A similar decision to the South Australian decision was made in New South Wales in 2011. Posthumous sperm donation has not been permitted in Western Australia to date.

If you or someone you know requires legal assistance in respect of sperm donation, please contact CMS Legal Family Lawyers.

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