2018 Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession

Published in Company News by on 06 Sep

Doyle’s Guide has quickly become the most widely recognised independent ranking for lawyers across Australia. We are pleased to advise that Klimek & Wijay Family Lawyers were again voted by our peers as a Leading Family & Divorce Law Firm in Western Australia in the 2018 Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

Klimek & Wijay present at the Piddington Bali Conference

Published in Company News by on 23 Jul

The Piddington Society is a leading organisation furthering collegiality an access to justice. The annual Piddington Bali Conference is widely attended by commercial and criminal lawyers in Western Australia. Our Associate Director, Tamara Arapovic, was recently invited to speak at the Conference about Financial Agreements, which are commonly referred to as “pre-nups”.

Independent Children’s Lawyers in Family Law Proceedings

Published in Company News by on 18 Jul

When partners separate, the future care of, and responsibility for their children is a major consideration. Parties to parenting proceedings must make reasonable attempts to resolve disputes about children and, unless specific circumstances apply, are required to attend dispute resolution. This involves meeting with a family dispute resolution practitioner who should assist the parents to negotiate workable arrangements for the children. If an agreement is reached, it can be documented in a parenting plan or consent orders without the need to go to Court.

BFAs – Is a marriage a relationship of undue influence?

Published in Company News by on 18 Jul

Every marriage or de facto relationship usually involves a level of mutual trust, confidence and influence. However, when does that normal situation become undue influence or enable one party to unconscionably take advantage of the other? These questions were considered by the Family Court in two cases dealing with pre-nuptial style agreements - Saintclaire & Saintclaire and Zagar & Hellner.

Obligations and consequences of parenting orders

Published in Company News by on 27 Apr

A separating couple with children will need to work out the parenting arrangements for those children - where the children are to live and who may make decisions about the children. If the couple can agree, their agreement can be formalised as Consent Orders (ie Orders made by the Court by consent). If not, the Court can decide the parenting arrangements for them. In either case, the Court will only make orders that it considers are in the children's best interests.

‘Divorce’ explained for de facto partners

Published in Company News by on 27 Apr

Unlike married couples, de facto partners cannot apply for a divorce when their relationship breaks down. Their property affairs and arrangements for the future care of their children however may be finalised by agreement, with the assistance of their legal advisors or, if necessary through Family Court proceedings.

Different Wills for different families

Published in Industry News by on 31 Jan

When it comes to planning your estate, it is important to consider the types of Wills available to assist in meeting your testamentary wishes. Wills can be very simple or accommodate a range of possibilities. The following is an outline of the most common types of Wills. It is not a substitute for sound legal advice as everybody’s situation is different and good estate planning requires consideration of a person’s unique personal and financial circumstances.