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“Finally!–We settled our divorce fairly with our finances and sanity intact – highly recommend CK for any family legal matter”
Dear soon-to-be-free man or woman,
Are you look to get a divorce but don’t know where to start?
Then step forward, and let us carefully guide you through what can be an absolute nightmare if not executed correctly.
It all starts with a free, no-obligation 30-minute conversation between yourself and one our very best divorce lawyers.
Just enter your details in the box on the right. Once you’ve done that we will be in touch at your preferred time to discuss one thing, and one thing only– helping you make the most educated decision that is in your best interest.
There is no obligation, if we aren’t a right fit we will tell you. We’re not in the business of wasting your time and money. We genuinely are here to give you reliable advice.
Who are we to make such promises?
My name is Walid Kalouche. I’ve been practicing law and directing CK Lawyers since 1997 (that’s over 20 years serving Families just like yours).
I hold several degrees and diplomas including a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Law from the Solicitors Admission Board, a Master of Laws Degree, majoring in Commercial Law from the University of Technology Sydney, and a Master of Applied Law Degree, majoring in Family Law from the College of Law.
I’ve also earned a Vocational Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution from the Uniting Institute of Technology.
I’ve represented individuals and companies in a variety of property, business, and employment legal transactions and has also been appointed as a solicitor in various court matters heard in the Family Court of Australia, The Federal Circuit Court, Supreme court of NSW, the District Court, the Local Court, and at the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).
I pride myself on helping my clients resolve their dispute quickly and with minimum fuss.
Over 90% of my teams cases settle without a final court hearing.
I’m also a Public Notary, capable of authenticating or verifying any document worldwide, and is a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner – one of the first to be registered under the Australian Attorney General’s Department’s new scheme.
I’m regularly approached to act as a third-party mediator in family law disputes.
My team at CK Lawyers consists of professional lawyers who have decades of experience in delivering successful outcomes for our clients.
We are committed to the education, training, and real-world experience of our lawyers.
Often working together to share legal best-practice, our small yet highly-competent team ensures your legal matters are resolved efficiently and cost-effectively.
But rather than keep talking about the hundreds of successful cases I’ve settled, allow me to quote what others have said about their experience with my firm….
“I always felt confident with your plan and I was very happy with the settlement. I continue to have a wonderful relationship with my children ( and a good relationship with my ex wife ) because of the way you handled it.”
Thank you Walid for helping me with my family law matter and for waiting to get paid until the end. I always felt confident with your plan and I was very happy with the settlement. I continue to have a wonderful relationship with my children ( and a good relationship with my ex wife ) because of the way you handled it. I also wanted to thank for being there for me at the AVO hearing – I was really stressed and you being there made me feel confident. I will tell everyone I know about you
“I thought that I had no rights. Walid was great and got me a fair amount by way of division of family law property. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
I married someone and came from overseas for him. He was a rich pharmacist and had a lot of connections. I looked after him and his son as if he was my own. When I left him a short time later, I thought that I had no rights. Walid was great and got me a fair amount by way of division of family law property – thank you, thank you, thank you.
“A friend who had a similar issue put me onto Walid. He was really good and advised me of the process at the beginning and every step of the way. We finally settled the matter fairly with our business intact. “
My family law matter was complicated because my wife wanted a share of a business that my brothers and sisters owned with me and we had trusts and properties which we owned jointly. A friend who had a similar issue put me onto Walid. He was really good and advised me of the process at the beginning and every step of the way. We finally settled the matter fairly with our business intact. Walid waited until the end to get his fees. I have referred my sister to Walid and highly recommend him in any family law matter.
“The outcome was great. How can I ever thank you”
During that time when fighting for my children and my fair share of family property was very difficult but Walid and his assistants helped me throughout and made me feel powerful and strong. The outcome was great. How can I ever thank you.
“I appreciate your honest advice and your persistence.”
Thanks walid, you are a champion. My property settlement matter with my wife is still going but I have never heard you complain after 3 years. I appreciate your honest advice and your persistence.
“I am glad I found CK lawyers who in less than 6 months settled my property matter [with my ex] with little fuss.”
I found Walid on google because my dad’s commercial lawyers couldn’t help me when I wanted property settlement with my ex. I am glad I found CK lawyers who in less than 6 months settled my matter with little fuss. From the start he gave me advice and we followed it through. Thanks & good luck
We will help you understand your rights and responsibilities–and carefully guide you through the entire divorce process
CK Lawyers provides prompt and accurate divorce advice.
The only matter which you need to prove to obtain a divorce from a court is that the “marriage has broken down irretrievably”; You need to show that you and your spouse have lived separately and apart for at least one year.
Sometimes people separate but continue to live under the same roof, which complicates the divorce but the solution is to have other people tell the court in an affidavit (statement) that you and your spouse live separate lives but under the same roof.
The court must also be told if proper arrangements have been made for the children of the marriage.
With years of experience in family law, our solicitors can guide you through what can be a stressful process with understanding and respect.
Decades of experience with all Family & Relationship Law matters
Parental responsibility is naturally shared between the parents who are encouraged to reach an agreement. That agreement can be documented by way of a Parenting Plan or approach the court for a Court Order (by consent).
Any agreement will need to focus on “the best interests of the children” which is what the court will focus on. This is a legal principle and the primary considerations to the court will be
- that any child has a meaningful relationship with both parents
- that the children are not at risk of any harm
There are other considerations including the age, sex, and maturity of the child, the child’s views and the existing relationship between the parents and the child.
The court will look for ways to ensure that the child of the marriage spends “equal” or “substantial and significant” time with each parent.
We acknowledge the importance of children’s living arrangements when experiencing family breakdown. CK Lawyers can provide practical advice on the range of family law orders, helping you negotiate parenting orders by consent or through a defended hearing. Our services ensure that clients understand their position in plain English and we work with you to give you options should you feel that any assessment is not a fair result based on your circumstances.
CK Lawyers can assist you negotiate a settlement with a view towards a binding financial agreement or consent orders.
We can provide legal representation at court for cases where settlement by negotiation could not be achieved.
At CK Lawyers we guide you through the process used by the court to determine your entitlement to property after the breakdown of your marriage or de facto relationship.
Property and financial settlements within family break down are complex. The court, if asked, will undertake a four-step process to arrive at a decision as to what each party is entitled to:
Step 1: Identify the assets and liabilities of the parties.
Step 2: Consider what contributions has each of the spouses made to the assets and liabilities.
This includes financial contributions such as wages and non-financial contributions such as looking after the children and the housework.
Step 3: Look at the party’s needs now and in the future due to health, age and having young dependent children live with you.
Step 4: Decide on a division which is just and equitable in the circumstances. This is not an exact science.
Either spouse can make an application for property settlement immediately after separation but no later than one (1) year from the date of the divorce.
Most settlements are resolved by agreement with consent orders made by a court or a financial agreement being made between the parties. Our team ensures that your rights are protected and will work to deliver a desirable outcome.
CK Lawyers has an experienced history of successfully finalising property settlements by negotiation or by applying to the Family Court.
Spousal maintenance payments can relieve financial pressure after the parties have separated. Usually one of the spouses has dedicated themselves to the household chores and to looking after the children and separation puts them at a disadvantage because it is difficult for them to get into paid work when they need to look after the children, let alone that their skills have not been upgraded since the birth of the children.
As the legal process can be long and drawn out, it is crucial for those who may have not been the primary income earner to be supported financially. Things such as mortgage repayments, rent, and bills are considered while property settlements and division are being worked out.
Courts decide on Spousal Maintenance Payment orders based on:
- Duration of the marriage and if/how this affected their earning capacity
- Health, and any illness or disability
- Ability to work
- Care of children
- Standard of living
CK Lawyers will expertly guide you through this process to ensure you receive a fair Spousal Maintenance.
Just as with parental responsibility, both parents are responsible for the financial support of the children until each child turns 18. Child support can be what the parents agree on, or failing agreement, as determined by the Child Support Agency which has many formulae to apply depending on the circumstances.
If you object to a decision of the Child Support Agency, then we can assist you with having the decision Reviewed internally, at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or at the Family Court.
Pre-nuptial Agreements and Binding Financial Agreements
A Pre-nuptial Agreement or Binding Financial Agreement prevents disputes and adds certainty before you marry. The CK Lawyers team can guide you through the process to determine how your assets will be allocated if your marriage breaks down and can also prevent disputes from ending up in court.
Pre-nuptial Agreements are formalised for several reasons including protecting family, property, and business interests. An agreement can:
- Distinguish between separate and marital property
- Protect one spouse from the other’s debts
- Provide for children from previous relationships
- Keep family property in the family
- Protect your estate plan
- Define property distribution upon divorce
- Detail what responsibilities you have during the marriage
There are several reasons why a person might contemplate a Binding Financial agreement, but these must be carefully drafted to avoid disputes about the contents of the agreement 5, 10 or more years after the agreement was signed.
CK Lawyers teams of experienced family lawyers can assist you draft an agreement which is most appropriate for your specific needs.
De Facto relationships
Modern Australia is made up of many different family arrangements. De facto couples, including same-sex couples, who have separated can file an application in the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court for a property settlement in the same way that married couple can.
Applications for de facto financial orders must occur within two years of the breakdown of the relationship, however if this time has passed, you need the Court’s permission to apply. We can advise on your matter to confirm whether your circumstances satisfy the criteria before filing an application
Settlement Conferences help the parties reach a quick resolution to family law issues and are a viable alternative for those wanting to avoid the stress and financial implications of going to court. The process involves meetings which can cover any matter of concern and often lead to agreements being made between all parties, with input from legal and financial advisors.
Walid Kalouche, Director of CK Lawyers, is a respected Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, and one of the first to be registered under the Australian Attorney General’s Department’s new scheme. Well-respected in the legal fraternity, Walid is regularly approached to act as a third-party mediator in family law disputes.
CK Lawyers have experience in family law court and our legal team is available to represent you and your best interests. While it is less costly to reach agreement about family law matters outside of court, this process is not always possible. CK Lawyers can be trusted to represent you in child support issues, divorce and de-facto settlements, and property settlement cases.
Domestic violence takes many forms and impacts those who experience it and those who witness it. Domestic violence is unacceptable and we work to help ensure your safety, and that of your children.
Domestic violence laws, specifically through an AVO (Apprehended Violence Order) help keep a violent spouse or partner away. If necessary, we will assist you in obtaining an AVO as this very relevant in children’s issues and sometimes in property settlement matters. To get an AVO you will need to show that you fear the defendant and that there are reasonable grounds for you to fear the defendant. You should report any incident to the police. The police may apply for a Provisional AVO on your behalf.
Our team can advise you on obtaining AVOs for your safety, and the implications of AVOs in relation to parenting arrangements.
CK lawyers can also help those who have been wrongly accused of domestic violence by challenging it at court. Regrettably, sometimes AVO applications are misused to obtain advantage in Family Law matters, but we will be glad to help you overcome them if you have been wrongly accused.
AVO breaches can have drastic consequences to the victim, and the offender can be fined up to $5000, or be jailed for 2 years, or both.
Some more clients raving
“we always felt safe and secure in the careful hands of Walid & his team.”
“Over the years as property developers & investors, we asked Walid & his team to help us with hundreds of transactions. Always and especially with the difficult ones, the contracts were completed perfectly and on time. Forceful when needed and always understanding we always felt safe and secure in the careful hands of Walid & his team. Thank you so much for all your hard work, keep it up “
“your calls and meetings with me always gave me a ray of hope”
Thank you walid for assisting me with the bankruptcy proceedings, at a time when all I could see is black, your calls and meetings with me always gave me a ray of hope
“We recommend walid & his team for anyone that needs genuine help and guidance.”
We have a successful business and apart from our usual buying & selling, we only need to call walid to get the best advice with issues that we are having with suppliers, employees and sometimes customers. We recommend walid & his team for anyone that needs genuine help and guidance. Thank you Walid, you are the best
“If you need a lawyer for anything especially compensation, call Walid”
We were introduced to Walid more than 10 years ago through friends who used him for their compensation claim. We each had a compensation claim and because I worked as a claims consultant before my accident with the NRMA, I knew I needed a tough lawyer. Walid was a perfect choice , listening to us and making recommendations as the claim moved on. My mum and I are both grateful for Walid who got us both sizeable compensation. I have recommended Walid to tens of people and they have all told me how happy they are with him. If you need a lawyer for anything especially compensation, call Walid
“Thanks walid, you are a champion.”
My property settlement matter with my wife is still going but I have never heard you complain after 3 years. I appreciate your honest advice and your persistence.
“Walid with his staff always made time for us and represented our interests perfectly.”
My parents have used Walid & his business partner since we were children and that’s how we came to know them. Thanks Walid for looking after our property matters including the purchases, sales and leases. As busy professionals doctors and pharmacists, we have little time. Walid with his staff always made time for us and represented our interests perfectly. One of the tenants was giving us issues, but with Walid’s carefully prepared lease, they really had no room to move.
“Thank you Walid for your diligence & advice throughout”
Fighting the council at the land & environment court was not easy. Thank you!
“We observed that he was smart & pedantic leaving no stone unturned.”
We have a large business supplying baby products. When the company was sued for $13 million we went first to a lawyer who botched it up. We were then introduced to Walid Kalouche at CK Lawyers. We observed that he was smart & pedantic leaving no stone unturned. On the fourth day of an expensive hearing , the plaintiffs capitulated – we can not thank Walid & his teams enough. We now use CK Lawyers for some of our property transactions as well
“Thank you for your help”
I was injured in a car accident on my way to work. Walid for almost 3 years negotiated with the insurer on my behalf a large settlement amount which put me back on my feet. Thank you for your help
“Walid has been looking after my legal needs for over 15 years.”
I am a pharmacist and Walid has been looking after my legal needs for over 15 years. I recommend him for anyone that needs good, accurate and practical legal advice. He has a team who deal with different types of matters and I used them in property purchases, sales , leases, lease dispute and probate. I recommend him highly
“After 20 or so years of being my lawyer, we have now become good friends.”
If you need a lawyer, go first to Walid & see what he can do for you
“I am happy with the outcome, thank you very much”
I had a dispute with my mother about a property that we owned together. From the first meeting Walid told me what we were going to do at the Supreme Court and that’s what happened. I am happy with the outcome, thank you very much
“They are so careful and I recommend them highly.”
CK Lawyers have helped me with buying the business, selling the business and my leases. They are so careful and I recommend them highly.
“Walid was my dad’s lawyer and he has been mine for over 10 years.”
He really works hard for me in all my property matters, business matters and trusts. Thanks Walid for putting up with me – you and Wadia are great
“We always take Walid’s advice first. He has been a source of great comfort and peace of mind. “
My accountant introduced me to Walid a long time ago. My family & I have a substantial business and as you can guess we have our fair share of issues & disputes. We always take Walid’s advice first. He has been a source of great comfort and peace of mind. His team also helps us with our loans, leases , buying & selling transactions.
“Walid & staff always take my calls or respond quickly if I leave a message.”
I have used Walid on a number of occasions in business and property transactions. He also helped me with my family law children & property settlement. Walid & staff always take my calls or respond quickly if I leave a message. They have also helped my friends with a couple of immigration mattes and I found their fees very reasonable. Give Walid a call if you have similar legal issues and see what he can do for you