Family Law for Entertainers
We Understand the Unique Factors of Your Life & Career
For those with careers in film, music, television, or another branch of
the entertainment industry, family law matters can be delicate, complex
situations that require a special skill set in order to achieve a resolution
that respects the realities of your personal life and career. For professional
entertainers, it can be critical that you secure the counsel of an attorney
who is experienced in dealing with income that may be derived from numerous
projects. We at Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation
know that those who have succeeded in the entertainment industry need
effective family law representation that is able to deal with complex
and substantial income and assets while being able to maintain a level
of discretion that respects your privacy and your career.
Call us at (310) 984-1411 to request an
initial consultation regarding your case.
Our Beverly Hills-based firm brings
over 30 years of family law experience to the aid of our clients. We bring the skills and knowledge necessary
to create effective resolutions to even the most complex family law matters.
We understand how to balance the need for effective and caring representation
and the need to minimize public exposure of private matters.
Addressing Child Custody Matters
Ensuring that your voice is heard during the consideration of
child custody and
visitation is an essential part of your family law attorney's responsibility to you.
Child custody issues are a priority for parents who are facing divorce because:
- You may have concerns about the parenting skills of your soon-to-be ex-spouse.
- You may simply want to be able to protect your relationship with your children.
Those with careers in the entertainment industry have unique circumstances
that need consideration when the determination of child custody is taking
place. In many cases, professional entertainers will need to travel out
of state or abroad for possibly extended periods of time. It is critical
that your child custody agreement recognizes and effectively addresses
such exceptional circumstances. This makes it highly important that you
secure the representation of a family law attorney who has worked with
other entertainment professionals in the past. We understand how to deal
with such unique circumstances as extensive travel for work and other
factors that will be considered by the court.
Need Help with Child Support?
Child support can be an element that needs to be worked out during a divorce or it can
be a completely separate issue. Given the fact that California utilizes
state guidelines in the determination of child support levels, the process
is more or less the same when it occurs as part of a divorce or separately.
The state guidelines employ a formula that will dictate the appropriate
child support levels for your particular circumstances.
Child support depends on several factors, such as:
- Your income
- Your ex’s income
- Healthcare costs
- Daycare / education costs
- Additional, necessary expenses
Ensuring the Court Recognizes the Character of Your Income
For those who have careers in the entertainment industry, determining income
can pose more of a challenge than for someone who has a single income
source and can submit their W-2.
Entertainment professionals are likely to have:
- More than one income stream
- Varying levels of income from year to year
- Extensive expenses and particular financial benefits as part of their contracts
Professional entertainers need to secure the representation of attorneys
who have experience with ensuring that the court fully understands the
reality of your situation and the complexities of your income streams
before it makes its final determination on child support. We are skilled
in justifying the need for deviation from state guidelines and we can
help you secure child support levels that are a fit for your financial
Guiding You Through the Divorce Process
Divorce is always a challenge. Even when both spouses are able to agree
on many of the issues at hand, facing such a thorough restructuring of
their personal lives will place extraordinary stress on divorcing spouses
and their children. This makes it all the more critical that you have
representation experienced in dealing with the particular issues that
are part of your divorce.
For professional entertainers and others in the entertainment industry,
it is essential to have legal representation that has dealt with unique
income streams and substantial assets, as well as the overriding need
for discretion. Our attorneys are skilled in creating solutions regarding
divorce that will address the extraordinary circumstances of your situation.
We understand the concerns that entertainment professionals face when
divorce becomes a reality.
Unique Income Deserves Expert Financial Advice
In typical divorces, the court will work to assess the income and assets
of the spouses. For successful members of the entertainment industry,
this may pose a challenge as income may vary greatly, and it may come
from a variety of sources including overseas sources.
We bring in outside financial experts to help us secure the most favorable
arrangements for our clients when the financial aspects of a divorce are
being decided, including:
Another issue that arises is the need for securing deviations from state
guidelines. Issues like child support are determined using state guidelines.
Deviation from those guidelines can be a real necessity for those in the
entertainment industry given the unique finances that often accompany
such careers. Thorough justification is required for a judge to deviate
from the guidelines. Our attorneys know how to present evidence that can
provide a judge with sufficient grounds to justify the deviation you need.
Establishing Prenuptial Agreements to Protect Your Assets
Professional entertainers and others in the entertainment industry can
lead dynamic lives. Your career can reach unexpected levels with the success
of your next project. Careers in entertainment offer a number of truly
remarkable rewards. Predictability, however, is not a characteristic that
the careers of most professional entertainers enjoy. If marriage is a
part of your future, take the time to consider the benefits that a
prenuptial agreement can confer.
The benefits of a prenuptial agreement include:
- It allow you to set out in clear terms how a divorce would be handled.
- It minimizes what there is to fight over and the level of attention a dispute may draw.
- It forces a frank conversation between the couple, which can help them
For entertainment professionals, the variability of income and career trajectory
make it almost essential that any consideration of marriage be prefaced
by learning more about the protections a prenuptial agreement can provide.
Ensuring that all aspects of your prenuptial agreement are enforceable
is a key element to the successful creation of such an agreement. Professional
entertainers may relocate and the laws of each state can be different.
Our experience can help you secure a prenuptial agreement that creates
real security for you.
Resolving Spousal Support Issues
Spousal support can be an extremely contentious element to any divorce. This can be especially
true when there is dramatic disparity between each spouse's income
and earning potential. If one spouse is earning an exceptional income,
one side can end up feeling taken advantage of and the other can end up
feeling abandoned. Given the high emotions that can be generated by the
question of spousal support, it is especially important for entertainment
professionals and their spouses to secure the representation of attorneys
who are skilled in dealing with the economic factors that are associated
with a successful career.
What happens when a particular project has been completed during the marriage,
but no income has been realized from it until after the divorce? How do
you characterize that piece of intellectual property and the income it
generates? There are many complex questions that surround the determination
of spousal support in these situations. Experience is the key to successfully
securing a spousal support arrangement that fully comprehends your situation.
Modification of Family Court Orders
When circumstances have changed sufficiently that the agreements established
during a divorce or other family court action are no longer adequate to
govern the behavior and interaction of the former spouses one can petition
the court to modify that failing aspect of the agreement. The lives of
those in the entertainment industry can be quite dynamic compared to those
in other professions. Your work schedule may require you to be out of
town for extended periods. Income may fluctuate in such a way that deserves
Entertainers may sporadically receive substantial single-instance payments.
This is an exceptionally different situation than most family courts and
the applicable state guidelines were designed to accommodate. Our attorneys
have the experience necessary to help ensure that the court recognizes
the uniqueness of your situation.
Providing Assistance with Property Division
Professional entertainers can have substantial assets and property. When
you are faced with divorce, most people have an idea in mind of what property
they feel belongs to them and what property they want to keep. When one
spouse has earned a significantly larger income than the other, the division
of property can become an intense point of dispute.
For entertainment professionals and their spouses, it can be difficult
to navigate the division of property for a number of reasons, including:
- Substantial volume of property or assets
- Intellectual property created partially during and partially before the marriage
- Intellectual property that may have been developed during the marriage
that did not earn income until after the divorce was begun
- Ownership interests in businesses that are partnerships or some sort of
We also understand the importance of keeping an eye toward the potential
tax implications of any decisions made during the division of property.
At Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, we are experienced
in creating effective solutions in even the most complex of property divisions.
When necessary, we have access to outside financial experts who can provide
us with an even greater depth of knowledge to help ensure that hard-to-value
assets receive an accurate appraisal.
Obtaining Protective / Restraining Orders
Our Beverly Hills family law firm has ample experience advising both "ordinary"
people and well-known public figures as they proceed through family law
matters, such as allegations of incidents of
domestic violence or
stalking. Our lawyers can help you mitigate potential damage that legal actions
of this type can trigger for well-known individuals in the entertainment
industry. What type of
protective order do you need to keep peace and carry on with your professional life in
the midst of a romantic breakup or a divorce?
Our attorneys can help you obtain any of the following:
- An emergency protective order (EPO)
- A temporary protective order (TPO)
- A "permanent" restraining order or a criminal protective order
On the other hand, if you are an entertainer and have been named in a protective
order, rest assured that our reputable law firm has the necessary skills
and experience to maximize your opportunities to get that order lifted
if you believe it is unwarranted. Keeping one's private life private
can be a supreme challenge for entertainers and celebrities. If you need
a protective order or a restraining order, or if your spouse has named
you in such an order, how will you keep this information from becoming
fodder for TV celebrity gossip shows?
We obtain protective orders for entertainers while protecting our clients' privacy.
Emancipation of Minors: Counsel for Young Entertainers
A person who achieves success as an entertainer may have a range of valid
reasons for seeking legal independence from the oversight of a parent
In recognition of this fact, the California Family Code contains provisions
for emancipation of minors, with requirements that include:
- A person must be 14 years old or older to petition for emancipation.
- The petitioner for emancipation must complete Judicial Counsel form FL-150
and demonstrate conclusively to the presiding judge that he or she is
- Parents or guardians may consent to the emancipation or contest it—and
either they or the minor have a right to appeal a judge's approval
or denial of the petition.
Our law firm is a proven resource for people making complex decisions and
targeting favorable outcomes in courts throughout the Beverly Hills area.
This includes our founding attorney Steven Stolar's well-earned standing
as an advocate for high-profile film and music industry professionals
facing all types of family law challenges.
A lawyer at our firm will offer sensitive guidance and solid legal information
if you are an entertainer between the ages of 14 and 18 who wants control
over your own finances and career. You will not be pressured to make a
decision you are not ready for, but you will gain the benefit of understanding
your options and exactly what is involved in emancipation.
Need to Have a Family Court Order Enforced?
The other party may cease to act in accordance with the terms that they
agreed to in the past. You may feel powerless to force them to comply
with the terms that are laid out in your divorce decree or other family
law agreement. But, you are not. With effective representation, the court
can be persuaded to take action and enforce the terms that are being ignored.
A key for entertainment professionals and those involved in family law
disputes with them is knowing where income streams are derived from. If
a party is failing to comply on a financial matter, knowing where the
income is coming from, be it out of state or out of the country, is crucial
to being able to remedy the situation. Our experienced attorneys have
this knowledge. The family law courts can be asked to enforce the terms
of a divorce or another family court action such as a child custody case
where the parents had never married.
Contact Our Beverly Hills Divorce Attorneys
If you are part of the entertainment industry and need a family or divorce
lawyer, speak with a representative from Stolar & Associates, A Professional
Law Corporation today. We can provide the experienced, caring, and strategic
legal help you need. Call our Beverly Hills divorce attorneys today.
Contact our office to learn about how we can assist you with your family law needs.