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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

New Team Member Adds Depth & Experience

CMS Legal Family Lawyers is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Marilyn Krawitz as a part-time solicitor with our firm. Marilyn joins a growing team of outstanding family law solicitors and adds considerable depth and experience.

Marilyn was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She has a BBA (Hon) from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an LLB (Dist) from the University of Western Australia. She is also a part-time PhD student.

Marilyn has presented parts of her PhD at Harvard University in Massachusetts and the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Marilyn was admitted as a solicitor in May 2010. She has experience in civil litigation and criminal law and enjoys practising family law also at CMS Legal Family Lawyers.

Marilyn also works as a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, where she is the Unit Coordinator for Civil Procedure, Evidence and Law in Context. She has taught hundreds of law students to date.

Marilyn enjoys giving quality legal advice to her clients and advocating on their behalf at court.

We take this opportunity to welcome Marilyn to our team and know that her varied background will add value to the client services offer at CMS Legal Family Lawyers.

If you would like to speak to Marilyn about a Family Law, Criminal Law or Civil Law matter please contact us today.

Misleading Drug Test in WA Child Custody Case

In some custody disputes in Australia, the judicial officer may order one of the parties to take a drug test. Drug tests are often requested as proof that a parent is suitable to receive custody of their child or an opportunity to visit their child. For most people, taking a drug test is a relatively straight-forward process. However, it was not for one woman in late 2013 in Western Australia.

A judicial officer at the Family Court of Western Australia ordered a 47 year old woman to provide a hair sample for a drug test as part of custody proceedings involving her 10 year old son. The woman was worried that the test might show that she took marijuana, so she took some of her adult daughter's hair and submitted it for the test instead of her own. A Perth pathology company's employee participated in the deception.

Judge Michael Bowden of the District Court of Western Australia said that the mother's actions targeted "the heart of the justice system" and sentenced her to one year imprisonment for fabricating evidence with intent to mislead a court.

He also sentenced the pathology employee to one year imprisonment and required the woman's adult daughter to pay a $5,000 fine.

For more information about this incident, visit: Perth Now

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

Automatic Custody in Proposed Laws

A new bill in the Family Law area was recently proposed in Iraq. The bill allows girls as young as nine to be married. It also states that when children reach the age of two, their fathers automatically gain full custody.

The Iraqi cabinet approved the bill and the Iraqi Parliament will now review it. It is possible that the bill will successfully make its way through the Iraqi Parliament. It is also possible that the upcoming Iraqi election on 30 April 2014 could result in the bill failing to progress through the legislative process.

Many people are speaking out against the proposed law. Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nation's representative to Iraq, tweeted that the bill "risks constitutionally protected rights for women and international commitment."

If you would like to read more information about the bill, please visit: or

If you have a custody matter and seek legal assistance, contact Craig Scott and his team at CMS Legal Family Lawyers on 9207 1866.


Photo: Kurdpress News Agency

Come Work With Us

CMS Legal Family Lawyers seeks to build an excellent reputation in the community as a leading Perth & Bunbury family law firm.

To help with this we believe our staff are central to establishing a vibrant, efficient & professional work place environment.

Along with this we have intentionally created a culture that is balanced, empowering and respectful. It is no accident that CMS Legal has become an employer of choice amongst many in the legal fraternity.

CMS Legal Family Lawyers is now inviting applications for a New Family Lawyer position in our Perth Office. We are looking for an outstanding candidate to join our team. 2yrs + PAE is preferred with demonstrated Family Law experience.

If you or someone you know could fit what we are looking for, please follow or share the link below.

For more information view our careers page.

Bunbury Office Open's

It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of our new 'Satellite Office' in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Located 2 hour south of Perth in the thriving coastal City of Bunbury, CMS Legal Family Lawyers aims to provide an Exclusive Family Law Firm with big city support.

Principal Craig Scott said,

"After many years of travelling to Bunbury because of strong family connections, we saw the opportunity to expand our services to the country regions of the South West. Our aim is to provide Bunbury and the surrounding regions with a 1st Class Family Law Firm."

With offices being established in the Wesley Business Centre on Bunbury's busy Stirling Street, clients will find a team of friendly staff committed to helping them with their Family Law matters.  

We look forward to getting to know Bunbury and assisting the community with any family law matters.

For more information see our website at