Christopher Melcher – Walzer & Melcher LLP

Make the Tax Code Your Friend–and Alimony More Palatable

Federal tax law allows the payor of alimony to take a deduction for those payments, and requires the recipient (or “payee”) to report those payments as income. From this simple rule flows an opportunity to create “free money”…more
| Family Law, Taxation

A Step Toward Tax Equality for Registered Domestic Partners

The IRS has determined that registered domestic partners (RDPs) in California should receive the same tax treatment under federal law as married couples with respect to the reporting of community property income. See Priv. Ltr…more
| Family Law, Taxation

Divorce Tax Issues When Dividing Assets or Making Support Orders

Detailed outline of tax issues to consider when dividing assets in a divorce case or making a spousal support order…more
| Family Law, Taxation

Evaluating the Enforceability of a Premarital Agreement in California

Premarital agreements are like parachutes. You never know if they will work until you hit the ground. Although premarital agreements are favored under the law, a one-sided agreement is risky. Enforceability depends on compliance…more
| Family Law

Mining Evidence Under the New California Electronic Discovery Act

Most information is created and stored electronically, yet document productions are still largely done by paper. Printing out electronic documents for discovery not only wastes paper, it also results in the loss of potentially…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law

How-to-guide to cross examine a custody evaluator. A discussion of the rules of evidence in California relating to psychological opinion testimony

This outline by Los Angeles divorce attorney Christopher C. Melcher reviews the rules of evidence relating to expert witness testimony, including examples of inadmissible testimony and the legal objections which may be raised…more
| Family Law

New Business Valuation Standards in California Divorce Cases

Business valuation experts in family law cases rarely reach the same conclusion about the value of a business. Many times, the difference lies in the methods used to value the business and the information each accountant…more
| Family Law

Analysis of case law dealing with the valuation of a professional practice in a family law action, including good will

The valuation of a professional practice is one of the most expensive tasks in a marital dissolution action. The spouse who operates the practice will soon realize that the methods used for valuing his or her practice have…more
| Family Law
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