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Christopher Charles Melcher

Child custody Attorney at WOODLAND HILLS, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
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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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Los Angeles divorce attorney Christopher C. Melcher interviewed by Tony Guinyard of NBC 4 News Los Angeles about the Kobe Bryant divorce.
Testimony by Los Angeles divorce attorney Christopher C. Melcher before the California State Senate Judiciary Committee on May 10, 2011, on behalf of the California State Bar Association Family Law Section on Senate Bill 481. SB 481 was authored by Senato
Los Angeles divorce attorney Christopher C. Melcher comments on the Congressman Anthony Weiner scandal on ABC's Nightline. Discussion about how divorce attorneys use social media in their cases.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2018
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Great attorney!
I have been dealing with attorney's for all of my life and I trust this lawfirm like I trust my family. Anytime I have ever had an issue they were quick to come to bat for me and they always produced the best result. I first learned of their lawfirm by googling them and I noticed they had worked on many high end legal cases which I thought they wouldnt take my case. What I learned is that they take pride and care in all cases large or small, celebrity or just your average person. I am very happy with my results with them and I am thankful for their loyalty and compassion in my time of need. Hats off to you Mr. Melcher and Walzer!
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Posted by Arash | April 5, 2014
Chris helped me with family law related work
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.
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Posted by Debra | April 3, 2013
Very Gratifying and Helpful Experience!
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. 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!
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Posted by Steve | July 9, 2012
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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Posted by Claudio | December 31, 2011
Best Lawyer to have on your corner
Mr. Melcher helped me through a very long and contested divorce. In many different situations he always had the ability to determine what the real issue was, and to counsel the best course of action. Examples of this were plenty: - We prevailed in the valuation of my business; the Judge set the value at exactly the amount we proposed (around one eighth of the amount the opposite side wanted). This was no minor issue; I had a business that it was hard to put a price on. The opposite side insisted on a higher payoff amount, the hired several people and constantly tried to make the Court believe that I was a liar; my lawyer was always cool-headed, supported his allegations with hard facts, in a clean, firm, convincing manner. Never got into any name calling, bulling, etc. Believe me, I saw a lot of that while in court waiting for my turn. I saw many lawyers that played the “tough cookie” role to please their clients. Chris never resorted to that or any other cheap display. He was simply well prepared, and ready ALL THE TIME, A TRUE PROFESSIONAL. - Kept my residence and paid my ex-wife the fair market value of the house - Spousal and Child support was set according with the figures proposed by Mr. Melcher - Finally, the most important issue to me had to do with custody of my children; all 4 of them ended living with me. Mr. Melcher helped me obtain FULL PHYSICAL AND LEGAL CUSTODY of my son. This was the light at the end of the tunnel, it made it all worth it. I was told by several people that it was “virtually impossible” to get the full custody of my son, now we live together in big part thanks to Mr. Melcher’s work Worth mentioning also is his honesty, I NEVER GOT CHARGED FOR ANYTHING THAT WASN’T DONE. I could go over my statement carefully, and identify that the charges made corresponded to services performed. Finally, his entire law firm team is great; his Partner Mr. Walzer was available anytime we deemed necessary consult with him. The other lawyers, Arlene, the paralegals, secretaries... I knew at all times that I had THE BEST LEGAL TEAM BEHIND ME. I have recommended him to my best friend, and he was extremely satisfied with the way they handled his divorce.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 750-750 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Walzer & Melcher LLP
  • 2003 - Present


  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BS - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

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  • 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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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Christopher
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced family law attorneys in California. I worked with him on a case and his creative approach to an issue blew me away. He is a reasonable and solution-oriented attorney. I highly recommend him!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Melcher is a hard working and honest attorney. A strong advocate for his clients. I strongly endorse this attorney and recommend him in any family law matter."
Family Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Hard-working, ethical, and tenacious."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense