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Christopher C. Melcher

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Christopher C. Melcher Celebrity Divorce Lawyer of Walzer Melcher LLP, which was ranked one of CA's Best Family Law Firms

Christopher C. Melcher

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Celebrity divorce lawyer Christopher C. Melcher named Top Family Law Attorney by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth in 2021
Celebrity divorce lawyer Christopher C. Melcher named Top Family Law Attorney by Chambers and Partners High Net Worth in 2021

Professional Memberships


USA 500 Club
Member Fellow, International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) SoCal Chapter
Board of Directors, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
State Bar of California, Family Law Section
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – California Chapter

Recent Court Cases

Anka and Yeager: Sanctions, Child Custody

Title:In re Marriage of Anka and Yeager (Sanctions; Child Custody Evaluation) Court:California Court of Appeal, 2nd District Citation:Published Opinion, (2019) 31 Cal.App.5th 1115 File Date:Filed 2/4/19 Description:In the case In

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Christopher Melcher

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.

About

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.

Accolades

I hold the rating of AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell* and a rating of 10.0 (Superb) by Avvo.com. I have been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2011, Best Lawyers since 2013, and named to Chambers & Partners Tier 2 for their individually ranked attorneys, for 2019-2020.

My Legal Services

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.

Webinars and Continuing Education

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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