Christopher Charles MelcherCelebrity divorce attorney and top family law attorney
- Family Law
Business owners, celebrities, and trust beneficiaries across California turn to me for assistance protecting their most valuable assets in high stakes divorces. With deep experience in complex family law litigation and premarital agreements, I provide tactical representation in the most challenging family law disputes.
I understand the need to keep sensitive family matters private, having represented noteworthy clients in the largest divorce cases in California. My clients include A-list celebrities, executives, and tech company founders. Frequently, I am hired by other family lawyers as a consultant, expert, or co-counsel on significant divorce cases in California. My passion is helping others and I love the law. My father was a trial lawyer and I learned not only how to be a lawyer from him, but what it means to be a lawyer.
I navigate all the financial aspects of divorce, including: ? Tax consequences of property division and alimony ? Corporate laws dealing with the division of a family business, ? The definition of income for purposes of setting spousal and child support. ? Appeals of family law judgments and writ proceedings from family law orders, with two California Supreme Court appearances and multiple published decisions.
I have presented about 200 continuing legal education programs to other attorneys on complex family law issues. I am a published author in California premarital agreements and financial issues in divorce. I wrote the only treatise on California premarital agreement law, published by LexisNexis. I am an adjunct professor of family law at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu. Before entering family law exclusively, I practiced criminal defense and civil personal injury litigation.
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- Family Law
- Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
- Credit Cards Accepted
Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Christopher Melcher charges $850/hour. In some cases we can give you a rough estimate. In others, it is difficult to tell since there are so many variables. These include how cooperative each party is and their willingness to resolve the case, the skills and cooperation of opposing counsel, whether the case will be negotiated or litigated, whether we can obtain the documents necessary to prove your case, whether the case will be handled by a private judge or in the public courts, the amount of discovery required (inspection demands, interrogatories, depositions), the extent and number of appraisals required, and the complexity of the issues.
- French: Spoken, Written
- Adjunct Professor
- Pepperdine University School of Law
- Melcher, Melcher, Melcher
- California State Universary Northridge
- Undergraduate Degree
- Pepperdine University School of Law
- Law Degree
- High Net Worth ranking for matrimonial cases
- Chamber and Partners
- Chambers is an international peer reviewed ranking of attorneys. It is highly regarded by big firm attorneys as a resource to find qualified attorneys for referrals. I was ranked by Chambers in the high net worth category for family law because of the significant divorces and premarital agreements I have handled.
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – California Chapter
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
- Board of Directors
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) SoCal Chapter
- International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
- California State Bar  # 170547
- - Current
- California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying and Enforcing
- The Role of the Mental Health Professional in Assessing Grave Risk of Harm Under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction
- Journal of Child Custody
- USE OF EXPERTS AS CONSULTANTS AND WITNESSES IN FINANCIAL DISCOVERY PROCESS
- Family Law Financial Discovery
- Protecting the Privacy of a Public Figure/Celebrity During Divorce
- Santa Barbara County Bar Association
- Managing Your Firm and Your Sanity During This Crisis
- Business Valuation
- American Bar Association Family Law CLE
- Brace Oral Argument
- CA Supreme Court
- Dealing with Business Interests During the Economic Crisis
- How to Conduct a Zoom Hearing
- Virtual Hearings: Making it Real
- Virtual Hearings: Making it Real
- Walzer Melcher
- Experts in Family Law: Direct Exam
- Walzer Melcher
- How to Win on Characterization, Transmutation, and Reimbursement, ACFLS
- Certified Family Law Specialist
- California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
July 13, 2020 - Walzer Melcher - Peter M. Walzer and Christopher Melcher Webinar Sharpen your skills on the most important part of your case--the direct exam of your expert witness. We will cover the rules of evidence for opinion testimony on direct, leading questions, reliance on opinions of others, and special rules for child custody experts.How to do a Virtual Hearing |AAML Webinar w/ Celebrity Divorce Lawyers Chris Melcher & Steven Yoda
June 4th, 2020, Los Angeles Celebrity Lawyers Christopher C. Melcher and Steven Yoda (Walzer Melcher, LLP) and Steven Mindel and Taylor Wallin (Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt and Klein, LLP) American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers webinar: Virtual Hearings - the New Normal: Facing the Challenges of Video Conferencing. This webinar addressed basic skills for handling a Virtual Family Law Hearing.Celebrity Divorce Lawyer Christopher C. Melcher's Oral Argument In Re Brace Before CA Supreme Court
Celebrity divorce lawyer Christopher C. Melcher argued before the California Supreme Court on May 5, 2020, on a family law question submitted by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal in the matter of In re Brace. The issue was whether property acquired by spouses in joint tenancy is community or creates equal separate interests under California.COVID-19 custody exchanges. What rights do divorced parents have? Celebrity Divorce Lawyer Explains
Celebrity divorce lawyer Christopher C. Melcher goes into detail about custody and visitation disputes during the COVID-19 pandemic and what you should do.How Does Coronavirus Affect Family Courts & Divorce? Celebrity Divorce Lawyer Chris Melcher explains
How Does Coronavirus Affect Family Courts & Divorce? Celebrity Divorce Lawyer Chris Melcher explains.Kobe Bryant's Divorce-Explained by Celebrity Family Law Attorney Christopher C. Melcher
Kobe Bryant's Divorce-Explained by Celebrity Family Law Attorney Christopher C. MelcherThe Fraud of Handicapped Parking Spaces-You Will be Caught
Top Family Law Attorney Christopher C. Melcher explains the fraud of handicapped parking spaces and the increased chance of you being caught if you are misusing it.How to Catch Cheaters with Gadgets & Dating Apps: Top Divorce Attorney Christopher Melcher Explains
Credit card receipts for hotel rooms, dinners, gifts, and trips are the traditional paper trail of an unfaithful spouse or even a partner. Now electronic gadgets, trackers and dating apps are providing new clues that someone's cheating on you. Joining us with more details is top family law attorney, Christopher C. Melcher of top family law firm Walzer Melcher.The Rise of Parental Abductions During the Holidays: Top Family Law Attorney Chris Melcher Explains
A parent's worst nightmare is to have a child abducted. But what if that child is taken by the other parent without consent, and out of the country? This crime happens more than you think. It occurs often around the holidays. Joining us is acclaimed top family law attorney, Christopher C. Melcher of top family law firm Walzer Melcher.Top Family Law Attorney Christopher C. Melcher shares his expert advice on National Media Outlets
Christopher C. Melcher: Top Family Law Attorney and Expert Reel of National Media Clips.Brad Pitt Fires Back at Angelina Jolie in their Divorce. Divorce Lawyer Christopher Melcher Explains
Top Family Law Attorney Christopher C. Melcher featured on Entertainment Tonight discussing the latest with the Jolie/Pitt divorce.MORE WOMEN ARE PAYING ALIMONY & CHILD SUPPORT: Divorce Lawyer Christopher C. Melcher Explains on ABC
Women are increasingly becoming the primary breadwinner in the household. With that comes a different side effect. Here to discuss this is top family law attorney, Christopher C. Melcher, of Walzer Melcher Family Law. “We are seeing about 40% of households which have women as the primary breadwinner for that family. It makes sense because if the woman has more income than the man, then she is going to stay at work while the husband or father stays behind and takes care of the child.”Trump's New Tax Plan and Alimony Deductions-What do They Mean For You? Top Divorce Attorney Explains
Top family law attorney Christopher C. Melcher on ABC 7 discussing the new tax plan and its effects on future alimony deductions.Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad Pitt: Celebrity Divorce Attorney Chris Melcher explains
Walzer Melcher LLP partner Christopher Melcher was featured on FOX 11 where he discusses Angelina Jolie's petition for divorce from Brad Pitt.The Brangelina Split: Celebrity Divorce Lawyer explains on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan
Walzer Melcher LLP partner Christopher Melcher was featured on Good Morning Britain where he discusses Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's separation.Why Amber Heard Might Face an Uphill Battle in Obtaining Permanent Restraining Order vs Johnny Depp
Walzer Melcher LLP partner and high net worth divorce attorney Christopher C. Melcher was featured on Entertainment Tonight, where he discusses Amber Heard's request for a restraining order against Johnny Depp.Blac Chyna Gets Temporary Restraining Order Against Rob Kardashian. Attorney Chris Melcher Explains
Walzer Melcher LLP partner and celebrity divorce attorney Christopher C. Melcher was featured on ABC7 where he discusses Blac Chyna's temporary restraining order against Rob Kardashian and the legal implications of revenge porn.ANTHONY WEINER’S CHEATING SCANDAL AND YOUR DIGITAL FOOTPRINT. Top Divorce Attorney Explains on ABC
Family law attorney Christopher C. Melcher discusses the Anthony Weiner scandal and how texting and the internet are providing divorce attorneys with helpful information to use for cases.Worst Prenups Ever Seen | Is Your Premarital Agreement Enforceable In Court?
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Who Needs A Marital Agreement? | Are Prenups Just For The Wealthy?Social Networking And Divorce | Are Your Chats Damaging Your Case?
Social Networking And Divorce | Are Your Chats Damaging Your Case?Relationships - Should I Move Out Of The House? | 3 Critical Issues To Consider
Relationships - Should I Move Out Of The House? | 3 Critical Issues To ConsiderShould Brad And Angelina Get A Prenup? | Only 9 States Have Community Property Laws
Should Brad And Angelina Get A Prenup? | Only 9 States Have Community Property LawsPrenups Gone Wild | Financial Penalties For Not Having Sex?
Prenups Gone Wild | Financial Penalties For Not Having Sex?Animal Custody In Divorce | Injury To Pets Are Treated Like Domestic Violence
Animal Custody In Divorce | Injury To Pets Are Treated Like Domestic ViolenceLife'sToo Short Get A Divorce - Councelling Before Divorce | Is Divorce Always A Negative?
Life'sToo Short Get A Divorce - Councelling Before Divorce | Is Divorce Always A Negative?Keeping The Fees Down In A Divorce | Don't Use Your Attorney As A Therapist
Keeping The Fees Down In A Divorce | Don't Use Your Attorney As A Therapist.How To Keep My Divorce Private | Use Of Private Judicial Officers
How To Keep My Divorce Private | Use Of Private Judicial OfficersHealth Insurance And Divorce | Why To Get Your Own Policy Before The Divorce
Health Insurance And Divorce | Why To Get Your Own Policy Before The DivorceDo I Need A Prenup? | By Getting Married, You Get A Premarital Agreement For Free
Do I Need A Prenup? | By Getting Married, You Get A Premarital Agreement For FreeDiscussing Prenups With Your Fiance | Uncover Trust Issues Before Marriage
Discussing Prenups With Your Fiance | Uncover Trust Issues Before MarriageChoosing The Right Divorce Attorney | Good Referral + Good Communicator = A Good Fit
Choosing The Right Divorce Attorney | Good Referral + Good Communicator = A Good FitAre Prenups Enforceable? | Basics of Property and Spousal Support Limitations
Are Prenups Enforceable? | Basics of Property and Spousal Support LimitationsOvercoming Bias in the Courts
Overcoming Bias in the CourtsEthical Issues for the Family Law Attorney + Helpful Advice for the Rest of Us - Excerpt
Ethical Issues for the Family Law Attorney + Helpful Advice for the Rest of Us - ExcerptWho Needs a Premarital Agreement?
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Urban Legend: Premarital Agreements are Often Set Aside"Pre-Nups for Lovers"
"Pre-Nups for Lovers"