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Walzer Melcher LLP

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Chairman: Peter M. Walzer
Number of partners: 4
Number of other lawyers: 5
Languages: Spanish, Italian, Japanese (functional)

Firm Overview:
The firm was founded in 1982. It has offices in Woodland Hills and Santa Monica. The firm exclusively practices family law. The typical client of Walzer Melcher LLP is a business owner, executive, professional, athlete, or trust fund beneficiary going through a complex divorce in Los Angeles or Ventura counties. Walzer Melcher is proud to announce that its founding partner, Peter M. Walzer, is currently the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Recent Cases:
Y.R. v. A.F. (2017) 9 Cal.App.5th 974, 215 Cal.Rptr.3d 577:
Christopher C. Melcher and Steven K. Yoda represented the mother (Y.R.) in this paternity case, where the appellate court overturned a below-guideline child support order. The child support guideline is presumptively correct, but there is an exception for extraordinarily high income earners when the guideline amount of support exceeds the child’s needs for support according to the standard of living attainable by the wealthy parent’s income.

Marriage of Chapman (2016) 3 Cal.App.5th 719, 207 Cal.Rptr.3d 798:
Steven K. Yoda and Christopher C. Melcher were appellate counsel for a military veteran. The issue is whether federal law prohibits Combat Related Special Compensation (‘CRSC’) from being treated as community property divisible in divorce? A second issue is whether the trial court erred in imposing a constructive trust over Husband’s CRSC, when wife had waived all interest in Husband’s disability and other work-related benefits? The appellate court held that the trial selected the wrong remedy to enforce Wife’s interest in Husband’s disability payments.

Lappe v. Superior Court (2014) 232 Cal. App.4th 774:
Christopher C. Melcher served as co-appellate counsel with James M. Donovan, Michael Glenn, Anthony D. Storm in opposing a writ petition filed by Wife regarding mediation confidentiality. Husband and Wife settled the marital dispute in mediation. They prepared and exchanged the required financial disclosures in mediation. Wife later moved to set aside the settlement agreement, claiming lack of disclosure and other grounds. Wife demanded that Husband produce a copy of the disclosures that were prepared in mediation. Husband objected because any documents prepared in the course of mediation are confidential and are not subject to discovery.
The trial court agreed with Husband’s position, but the Court of Appeal reversed.

Marriage of Valli (2014) 58 Cal.4th 1396:
Christopher C. Melcher and Peter M. Walzer were co-appellate counsel with Garrett C. Dailey on this successful appeal to the California Supreme Court. Chris was the lead trial counsel for Husband in the underlying divorce action. One of the issues at phase three of the trial was the character, division, and valuation of a life insurance policy Husband purchased during marriage on his life with community funds. Wife was named the owner of the policy for income tax purposes and argued that the policy was her separate property because it was titled in her name. Husband countered that the policy was bought during marriage with community property, so it is community property. The trial court agreed with Husband and awarded the policy to Husband as community property. Wife appealed and convinced the Court of Appeal that the policy was her separate property because it was titled in her name. Husband petitioned for review and the California Supreme Court reversed, holding that the trial court properly characterised the policy as community property.

Contacts:
Divorce Litigation:
Peter M. Walzer
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

Divorce Mediation:
Peter M. Walzer
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

Property Division: Leena S. Hingnikar
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

Child Custody:
John B. Chason
Tel:
+818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

International Child Abduction:
Steven K. Yoda
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

Spousal & Child Support:
Leena S. Hingnikar
Tel: +818 591 3700 Email: [email protected]

Premarital & Postmarital Agreements:
Christopher C. Melcher
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

Cohabitation Agreements:
Steven K. Yoda
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

Foreign Premarital Agreements:
Peter M. Walzer
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

International Family Law Jurisdiction:
Peter M. Walzer
Tel:
+818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]

Family Law Appeals:
Christopher C. Melcher
Tel: +818 591 3700
Email: [email protected]