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Christopher C. Melcher  is Chair of The State Bar of California Family Law Section for the 2011-2012 term, which has over 3,800 members, making it the largest family law organization in California. His practice focuses on complex divorce litigation and the preparation of premarital and post-marital agreements. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Southern California Chapter, which is the highest distinction for a divorce attorney in the United States. He is Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is a partner in the law firm of Walzer & Melcher LLP in Woodland Hills, California, where he practices exclusively family law. He is a regular speaker and author on family law issues throughout California. Prior to entering family law, he practiced civil litigation and criminal defense.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 20%
    6 years
  2. Prenuptials: 20%
    6 years
  3. Divorce: 20%
    6 years
  4. Child Support: 20%
    6 years
  5. Child Custody: 20%
    6 years



Hourly ($550/hour)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Walzer & Melcher LLP

21700 Oxnard St., Ste. 2080
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The President's Council on Service and Civic ParticipationPresident’s Volunteer Service Award2010
Martindale HubbellRated "AV-Preeminent"2010
Super Lawyers of Southern CaliforniaSuper Lawyers2010
Spirit of CEBContinuing Education of the Bar2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWalzer & Melcher LLP2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (California Chapter)Member2005 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2004 - Present
Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee, Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law Section Executive CommitteeVice Chair2010 - 2011
Family Law Section Executive Committee, State Bar of CaliforniaEducation Chair; Asst. Education Chair2007 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, The Family AdvocateMake the Tax Code Your Friend–and Alimony More Palatable2012
hg.orgA Step toward Tax Equality for Registered Domestic Partners2010
California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying, and EnforcingDetermining Spousal Support Amount2010
California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying, and EnforcingGrounds and Procedure to Modify or Terminate Spousal Support2010
hg.orgValuation of a Professional Practice in a California Divorce Action2009
hg.orgCustody Evaluations -- California Rules of Evidence and Cross-Examination Techniques2009
hg.orgNew Business Valuation Standards Affect Divorce Cases2009
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)Evaluating the Enforceability of a Premarital Agreement2009
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)Mining Evidence Under the New Electronic Discovery Act2009
Family Law Financial Discovery, CEBUsing Expert Witnesses2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
California State University, NorthridgePsychologyOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarFamily Law Fundamentals: Disclosures2012
WebinarDivorce Tax - Simple Answers to Complex Questions2012
WebinarDivorce Tax - Simple Answers to Complex Questions2012
Spring SeminarDouble-Dipping: Bad Manners or Irresistible Temptation?2012
South Bay Study GroupWhen Love Becomes War: How to Attack and Defend the Premarital Agreement2012
Luncheon ProgramSocial Media in Family Law Cases2012
Indiana State Bar Annual MeetingBias: The Enemy of Persuasion2012
Dinner MeetingDancing in the Minefield: Enforceable Marital and Premarital Agreements2012
44th Annual Family Law SymposiumI Love You Now Sign Here - Premarital Agreements for Professionals and Small Business Owners2012
WebinarPrenuptial, Postnuptial and Cohabitation Agreements: Strategies to Craft Enforceable Provisions and Attack or Defend the Agreement2011
WebinarWhat Is "Income" for Purposes of Support?2011
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingRecent Developments in Family Law2011
Provisors Valley Lawyers and Legal Professionals Group"I Love You, Now Sign Here" - California Premarital Agreements2011
Monthly MeetingSocial Media Evidence2011
Monthly MeetingSocial Media Evidence in Divorce Cases2011
Fall 2011 ConferenceBias - The Enemy of Persuasion2011
CEB/UCLA ExtensionDiscovery: Creating your Plan; Propounding & Responding to Discovery; Handling Objections2011
Annual ConferenceFamily Law Disclosures and Stipulated Judgments2011
AAML - Illinois President's Day MeetingDivorce Tax 201: Practical Questions and Answers to Avoid Malpractice, Identify Issues and Construct Tax Appropriate Resolutions2011
28th Annual National CLE ConferenceAvoiding the Double Dip in Family Law Cases2011
2011 Spring SeminarSocial Media and E-Discovery in Family Law Courtrooms2011
2011 Spring SeminarGetting The Facts: Comparing Discovery and Disclosure2011
2011 Family Law Conference2011 Family Law Conference2011
UCLA ExtensionDrafting and Litigating Premarital and Postmarital Agreements2010
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingDrafting and Litigating Premarital Agreements2010
The State Bar of California Annual MeetingAnnual Family Law Update2010
Law Practice SymposiumLaw Practice Management2010
Family Law SymposiumPractice Considerations in Determining Income for Support2010
CEB Telephone TopicConducting e-Discovery on a Budget2010
CEB Estate Planning SeminarCrossover Issues in Estate Planning & Family Law2010
California State Bar Solo and Small Firm SummitConducting e-Discovery on a Budget2010
Annual Spring SymposiumTrial Techniques for Enforcing or Attacking Transmutations2010
ABA TeleconferenceEvidence for Family Lawyers2010
27th National CLE ConferenceTax Issues Facing Family Law Practitioners When Dividing Assets or Making Support Orders2010
2010 Family Law ConferencePresenting a Support Case Without a Forensic2010
2010 Fall CLE ConferenceIdentifying and Solving Tax Issues in Family Law Cases2010
Section Education InstituteHow to Draft a Valid Premarital Agreement2009
Family Law Section WebinarInitial Pleadings in a Family Law Action2009
Appellate Judicial Attorneys InstituteHot Issues In Family Law2009
Annual ConferenceCoaching a Parent for a Child Custody Evaluation: A Call for Guidelines2009
2009 Family Law ConferenceDividing Debt, Domestic Violence, Modification of Support Orders, Move-Aways2009
2009 Annual MeetingRecent Developments in Family Law2009
UCLA ExtensionDrafting Premarital and Postmarital Agreements2008
National Business InstituteRoadmap Through Divorce Proceedings2008
Law Education InstituteCross-Examining Psychologists in Custody Cases2008
Dinner MeetingElectronic Evidence: How to Get it and How to Use It2008
Cross Over ConferenceCrossover Issues in Estate Planning and Dissolution: When Death and Divorce Collide2008
AFCC ConferenceEthical and Effective Coaching One Parent During a Child Custody Evaluation: Reconciling the Demands of Advocacy and Impartiality2008
2008 Family Law Conference2008 Family Law Conference2008
2008 Annual MeetingFamily Law Update2008
Spring MeetingPower of Perception2007
National Business InstituteRoadmap Through Divorce Proceedings2007
National Business InstituteCalifornia Family Law Practice2007
National Business InstitutePreventing Critical Financial Mistakes In A Dissolution of Marriage2007
2007 Family Law Conference2007 Family Law Conference2007
2007 Annual MeetingHow to Prepare a Parent for a Child Custody Evaluation2007
NBICalifornia Family Law Practice2006
CEBFundamentals of Family Law Practice2006
2006 Family SymposiumAdvanced Spousal and Child Support Issues, Valuation of the Professional Practice, and Premarital and Postmarital Agreements - Drafting and Enforcement2006
2006 Family Law Symposium2006 Family Law Symposium2006
W&M LLPProtecting the Real Estate Developer or Investor from Divorce2005
NBIObtaining the Best Result for Your Client in a Marital Dissolution: Procedures and Strategies for Effective Settlement and Litigation in California2005