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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation||President’s Volunteer Service Award||2010|
|Martindale Hubbell||Rated "AV-Preeminent"||2010|
|Super Lawyers of Southern California||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Spirit of CEB||Continuing Education of the Bar||2009|
|Partner||Walzer & Melcher LLP||2003 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (California Chapter)||Member||2005 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1994 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section Executive Committee||Vice Chair||2010 - 2011|
|Family Law Section Executive Committee, State Bar of California||Education Chair; Asst. Education Chair||2007 - 2010|
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|American Bar Association, The Family Advocate||Make the Tax Code Your Friend–and Alimony More Palatable||2012|
|hg.org||A Step toward Tax Equality for Registered Domestic Partners||2010|
|California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying, and Enforcing||Determining Spousal Support Amount||2010|
|California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying, and Enforcing||Grounds and Procedure to Modify or Terminate Spousal Support||2010|
|hg.org||Valuation of a Professional Practice in a California Divorce Action||2009|
|hg.org||Custody Evaluations -- California Rules of Evidence and Cross-Examination Techniques||2009|
|hg.org||New Business Valuation Standards Affect Divorce Cases||2009|
|Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)||Evaluating the Enforceability of a Premarital Agreement||2009|
|Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)||Mining Evidence Under the New Electronic Discovery Act||2009|
|Family Law Financial Discovery, CEB||Using Expert Witnesses||2008|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|California State University, Northridge||Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|Webinar||Family Law Fundamentals: Disclosures||2012|
|Webinar||Divorce Tax - Simple Answers to Complex Questions||2012|
|Webinar||Divorce Tax - Simple Answers to Complex Questions||2012|
|Spring Seminar||Double-Dipping: Bad Manners or Irresistible Temptation?||2012|
|South Bay Study Group||When Love Becomes War: How to Attack and Defend the Premarital Agreement||2012|
|Luncheon Program||Social Media in Family Law Cases||2012|
|Indiana State Bar Annual Meeting||Bias: The Enemy of Persuasion||2012|
|Dinner Meeting||Dancing in the Minefield: Enforceable Marital and Premarital Agreements||2012|
|44th Annual Family Law Symposium||I Love You Now Sign Here - Premarital Agreements for Professionals and Small Business Owners||2012|
|Webinar||Prenuptial, Postnuptial and Cohabitation Agreements: Strategies to Craft Enforceable Provisions and Attack or Defend the Agreement||2011|
|Webinar||What Is "Income" for Purposes of Support?||2011|
|The State Bar of California Annual Meeting||Recent Developments in Family Law||2011|
|Provisors Valley Lawyers and Legal Professionals Group||"I Love You, Now Sign Here" - California Premarital Agreements||2011|
|Monthly Meeting||Social Media Evidence||2011|
|Monthly Meeting||Social Media Evidence in Divorce Cases||2011|
|Fall 2011 Conference||Bias - The Enemy of Persuasion||2011|
|CEB/UCLA Extension||Discovery: Creating your Plan; Propounding & Responding to Discovery; Handling Objections||2011|
|Annual Conference||Family Law Disclosures and Stipulated Judgments||2011|
|AAML - Illinois President's Day Meeting||Divorce Tax 201: Practical Questions and Answers to Avoid Malpractice, Identify Issues and Construct Tax Appropriate Resolutions||2011|
|28th Annual National CLE Conference||Avoiding the Double Dip in Family Law Cases||2011|
|2011 Spring Seminar||Social Media and E-Discovery in Family Law Courtrooms||2011|
|2011 Spring Seminar||Getting The Facts: Comparing Discovery and Disclosure||2011|
|2011 Family Law Conference||2011 Family Law Conference||2011|
|UCLA Extension||Drafting and Litigating Premarital and Postmarital Agreements||2010|
|The State Bar of California Annual Meeting||Drafting and Litigating Premarital Agreements||2010|
|The State Bar of California Annual Meeting||Annual Family Law Update||2010|
|Law Practice Symposium||Law Practice Management||2010|
|Family Law Symposium||Practice Considerations in Determining Income for Support||2010|
|CEB Telephone Topic||Conducting e-Discovery on a Budget||2010|
|CEB Estate Planning Seminar||Crossover Issues in Estate Planning & Family Law||2010|
|California State Bar Solo and Small Firm Summit||Conducting e-Discovery on a Budget||2010|
|Annual Spring Symposium||Trial Techniques for Enforcing or Attacking Transmutations||2010|
|ABA Teleconference||Evidence for Family Lawyers||2010|
|27th National CLE Conference||Tax Issues Facing Family Law Practitioners When Dividing Assets or Making Support Orders||2010|
|2010 Family Law Conference||Presenting a Support Case Without a Forensic||2010|
|2010 Fall CLE Conference||Identifying and Solving Tax Issues in Family Law Cases||2010|
|Section Education Institute||How to Draft a Valid Premarital Agreement||2009|
|Family Law Section Webinar||Initial Pleadings in a Family Law Action||2009|
|Appellate Judicial Attorneys Institute||Hot Issues In Family Law||2009|
|Annual Conference||Coaching a Parent for a Child Custody Evaluation: A Call for Guidelines||2009|
|2009 Family Law Conference||Dividing Debt, Domestic Violence, Modification of Support Orders, Move-Aways||2009|
|2009 Annual Meeting||Recent Developments in Family Law||2009|
|UCLA Extension||Drafting Premarital and Postmarital Agreements||2008|
|National Business Institute||Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings||2008|
|Law Education Institute||Cross-Examining Psychologists in Custody Cases||2008|
|Dinner Meeting||Electronic Evidence: How to Get it and How to Use It||2008|
|Cross Over Conference||Crossover Issues in Estate Planning and Dissolution: When Death and Divorce Collide||2008|
|AFCC Conference||Ethical and Effective Coaching One Parent During a Child Custody Evaluation: Reconciling the Demands of Advocacy and Impartiality||2008|
|2008 Family Law Conference||2008 Family Law Conference||2008|
|2008 Annual Meeting||Family Law Update||2008|
|Spring Meeting||Power of Perception||2007|
|National Business Institute||Roadmap Through Divorce Proceedings||2007|
|National Business Institute||California Family Law Practice||2007|
|National Business Institute||Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes In A Dissolution of Marriage||2007|
|2007 Family Law Conference||2007 Family Law Conference||2007|
|2007 Annual Meeting||How to Prepare a Parent for a Child Custody Evaluation||2007|
|NBI||California Family Law Practice||2006|
|CEB||Fundamentals of Family Law Practice||2006|
|2006 Family Symposium||Advanced Spousal and Child Support Issues, Valuation of the Professional Practice, and Premarital and Postmarital Agreements - Drafting and Enforcement||2006|
|2006 Family Law Symposium||2006 Family Law Symposium||2006|
|W&M LLP||Protecting the Real Estate Developer or Investor from Divorce||2005|
|NBI||Obtaining the Best Result for Your Client in a Marital Dissolution: Procedures and Strategies for Effective Settlement and Litigation in California||2005|
Posted by Arash
One of the most important qualities that you are looking to find in a good lawyer is for he/she to give you a piece of mind regarding the legal issue under consideration. This requires expert knowledge of the field and the ability to communicate the key points without confusing the not-expert client. Chris has taken the expert knowledge of the field and communication capability to perfection. I highly recommend Chris.
Posted by Debra
I found Christopher Melcher's name while feverishly researching IRS codes etc., regarding alimony and mortgage contributions. My ex-husband was insisting that I claim not only my spousal support for the entire 2012 tax year as income (which I knew about and was prepared to do) but also his "mortgage contributions" as well.
My ex gave me 40% of the mortgage monthly for the "marital home" from January 2012 to October 2012. This was home, not only to myself, but to our children as well. Both my ex and I were on the deed and the mortgages. I never imagined that mortgage consideration would be taxable to me!
My own attorny was zero help on this. After 2 grueling years of being his annuity, I wasn't surprised that once again, he was unable to give me a definitive answer. That's why I set out on a mission to understand the divorce and IRS tax laws on my own, which quite frankly, is comparable to my becoming a physicist. But I persevered, and came across a terrific article on the topic by Mr. Melcher. I was so impressed with this article that I decided to contact him, even though we were in different states. I was hoping that since this was a federal tax income issue, he might still be able to help me regardless of where I lived.
I am not only happy that I reached out to Chris-- but I'm ecstatic! He responded immediately to my online inquiry and he asked me to email him all the various court orders. I emailed the files and he wrote back-- again on that same day---outlining his advice, answering all my questions concisely and thoroughly.
Thanks to Chris's keen perusal of my 3 court orders, he caught something that I would have never realized (and sadly neither would my own attorney). The one court order that was executed in June of 2012 had modified the September 2011 court order, and made it "retroactive" to September 2011. Chris explained that the IRS will not recognize that type of modification, retroactively. The June 2012 order was modifying the older order for child support, keeping the amount of money the same, but changing the breakdown from all child support to child, spousal and mortgage contribution. Chris explained that the IRS would only recognize the order that was in place at the time of the payments. So.....now this meant that EVERYTHING my ex paid me prior to June 2012--in the eyes of the IRS---would be considered ALL child support!
He also weighed in on the mortgage consideration issue, explaining that since my ex was also on the mortgage at the time of those payments, they were not spousal support, and that it would be a very difficult case for my ex to make. He confirmed my thinking that I should not take those payments as income, and suggested how I could give my ex his "fair portion" of the mortgage interest. This will now be a very small amount since, as Chris pointed out, according to the court documents, there was no mortgage contributions ordered until mId year! Can you say KARMA?!
Chris and I exchanged a couple of emails and we had one phone call (which by the way he made to me while on his family vacation!). Chris is obviously extremely sharp, extremely knowledgable, very kind and he was very generous with his time.
I was also very impressed that on all of Chris's emails, his cell phone is listed along with his other contact info! Very unusual, and I think that says a lot.
Moral of the story? Trust your instincts, be your own advocate, don't be bullied, do your homework, and call Chris Melcher.
If I had a "re-do"- I would live in CA and hire Chris to handle my whole divorce!
Posted by Steve
I've been a litigator for over 16 years, and I've chosen Chris to counsel and represesent me in a couple of family law matters over the past six years or so. Chris actually keeps your best interests in mind, and in a divorce or other custody situation, is actually looking out for your kids. He is professional, courteous, knowledgeable, a recognized expert in his field, and is highly respected among family law judges. If you're looking for a family law attorney who's going to fan the flames of acrimony, churn the case, and burn through your savings while promising to deliver your ex's head to you on a silver platter, look elsewhere (by the way that is NOT the kind of attorney you want, believe me). If you're looking for a family law attorney who's going to efficiently and professionally help you make the best out of a bad situation, do so for a reasonable fee, and genuinely look out for you (and your kids), call Chris. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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