Family Law for Executives & Other Professionals
Executives and professionals such as lawyers, doctors, and dentists, and
the spouses of these individuals, need to understand that they can face
special challenges when divorce or other family law matters arise. For
those who have succeeded in their chosen fields and their spouses, the
rewards of that success can be threatened by family law representation
that is not familiar with dealing with the specific issues that your particular
Just some of the issues that you may face include the following:
- Substantial income
- Substantial assets and property
- Deferred compensation
- Stock options
Our firm understands how to effectively present evidence that can ensure
that any support obligations are decided as favorably as possible. At
Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, our
Beverly Hills divorce lawyers have been providing effective family law representation to executives
and professionals for
more than 30 years. We understand the concerns of successful clients, and we have the experience,
knowledge, and skill necessary to create real solutions for them that
are tailored to the unique characteristics of their individual situation.
Call us at (310) 984-1411 to learn more during an
Protecting Your Child Custody Rights
For parents who are going through divorce, few priorities surpass the maintenance
and preservation of their relationship with their children. In addition to
child custody, divorce involves a number of other important decisions that have to be
made. Given the importance of these decisions to your future, it is difficult
to overstate the value of the peace of mind that can come from knowing
that your attorney is capable of ensuring that your voice is heard during
the determination of child custody and
visitation or parenting time. Our firm will make your priorities our priority. Let
us help you protect your relationship with your children.
Resolving Child Support Issues for Professionals
Child support in California is determined using a state mandated guideline. The guideline employs
a formula that factors in a number of related figures to arrive at what
level of child support obligation is required in a particular situation.
Some factors that determine child support are:
- Incomes of both parents
- Child’s healthcare costs
- The cost of daycare
- Educational expenses
- Additional needs of the child
The determination of child support can be quite different than most people
who need look no further than their W-2 to determine the income they will
report. It is critical that you have an attorney who understands how to
present evidence of income when such individualized compensation is present.
This is true for both executives and professionals and their spouses.
Compensation for executives and professionals can include:
- Deferred compensation
- Stock options
Divorce for Attorneys & Doctors
Lawyers, doctors and other licensed professionals with high-earning capacity
face unique challenges when their marriages break down for any reason.
Whether you have decided to file for divorce or your spouse has filed
against you, the road ahead may have great potential for conflict that
disrupts both your family relationships and your career. Based in Beverly
Hills and focused intently on representing professionals, our law firm
has proven itself capable of earning positive results for our clients
in complex divorces.
Our L.A. divorce and family law attorneys' established skills and capabilities include:
- Extreme proficiency and analytical strength in financial matters impacting
our clients' futures, ranging from business valuation and complex
property division to tax implications
- Sensitivity to the personal priorities of busy professionals, including
those in need of assertive and creative representation to achieve specific
child custody goals
- Knowledge of all paths to a cost-effective, time-efficient divorce backed
by decades of experience in litigation of intensely contested disputes
- Proven ability to attack or defend a prenuptial agreement, leveraging in-depth
knowledge of this ever-evolving area of California family law
Guiding Executives & Other Professionals Through Divorce
The challenge of divorce is that you must make decisions that will dramatically
and possibly permanently re-configure your life. These decisions must
be made while you are suffering from the stress and confusion that comes
with facing the end of a relationship that may have been shaping your
life for a great deal of time. It is critical that you have the guidance
of a Los Angeles divorce lawyer who is not just effective at divorce,
but who also understands the issues involved when a spouse is a well-compensated
executive or professional.
Our firm can help you achieve your goals an address the following related issues:
If you have succeeded in business or some professional field such as law
or medicine, you have much to lose if your divorce is not handled properly.
Trust your future to attorneys who have extensive experience helping executives,
professional athletes, professional entertainers and others with exceptional
careers. Our firm utilizes outside financial experts when necessary to
help us secure favorable outcomes on the financial aspects of divorce
such as alimony.
Need Help Enforcing a Family Court Order?
After the difficulty of going through a divorce or other type of family
law action, many people feel a sense of relief that the ordeal is over
or security that the issue before the court has been settled. In many
instances that relief and sense of security is predicated on the compliance
of your former spouse. If your former spouse is failing to comply with
the terms that were established in your divorce decree or if the other
party to some other family court order is not complying, you need to take
action. The courts can be petitioned to enforce compliance.
Some of the common issues the courts are asked to enforce include:
- Child custody
- Visitation / parenting time
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Property division
We provide exceptional representation that is based on over 30 years of
experience. We understand the needs of our clients, especially executives,
professionals and their former spouses, when one party fails to comply
with a divorce decree or other family court order. We can help you use
the power of the court to compel compliance with your order or decree.
Pursuing the Modification of Family Court Orders
Divorce decrees and family court orders are created to address the issues
necessary for the dissolution of a marriage or to deal with some other
family law issue independent from divorce. Divorce decrees and family
court orders are designed to be able to solve problems in ways that will
remain effective as circumstances change and evolve in the future.
However, not all agreements remain relevant or useful.
Divorce decrees and other family court orders deal with issues that are
prone to involve evolving circumstances that will necessitate a modification
in order to keep those agreements as relevant and reflective of the reality
of the issues they govern. For successful executives and professionals
and their former spouses, the opportunity for evolving circumstances may
be much greater than for those with less dynamic careers.
Executives, professionals, and their spouses need family law representation
that is experienced in dealing with issues such as:
- Large bonuses
- New positions in other states or other countries
We understand the need for your divorce decree or other family law order
to accurately reflect the circumstances of your life. We will bring the
full strength of our experience and knowledge to help you secure the modification you need.
Seek the Protection of a Prenuptial Agreement
Prenuptial agreements allow individuals to add a degree of predictability to certain aspects
of their marriage. Generally prenuptial agreements address financial issues,
but they can be used to address any issue, including child-related issues
and property ownership issues. Being able to add certainty can provide
real peace of mind for those entering a marriage.
For successful executives and professionals, that added certainty can be
especially welcome given the substantial assets and property they may
be bringing into a marriage, as well as the fact that their income could
increase dramatically over the course of the marriage.
Professionals can greatly from prenuptial agreements in the following ways:
- A degree of predictability and sense of security
- Intangible benefits such as fostering an honest discussion regarding goals
for the future
Addressing Property Division Matters
Successful executives and professionals such as lawyers and doctors may
have accumulated substantial assets and property. The division of property
that occurs during divorce can be a challenge for any couple, but when
significant assets are involved, the challenge of dividing community property
can become so much more difficult. Not only is there more property to
consider, but the likelihood of disagreement and dispute increases.
Our firm understands that executives and professionals and their spouses
need to be able to rely on their attorney to be able to deal with complex
valuation questions and other complicated financial aspects of the division
of property. Our firm brings in outside financial experts to assist us
in cases where their advice is necessary. The division of property in
California is handled on an equitable basis. This means that a judge has
a good degree of latitude in determining a fair division of assets. Our
skill in this area can help ensure that your goals for the division of
property are within reach.
Protective / Restraining Orders
Perhaps the tables are turned and you have been wrongly named in a
domestic violence restraining order or any type of restraining order or protective order. We have the necessary
skills and experience to pursue every legal avenue to get the restraining
order lifted promptly and allow you to return to your normal activities.
Our Beverly Hills-based family law firm is well aware of the high stakes
that often come along with family law troubles. Are you concerned that
your professional image and your livelihood will be at risk unnecessarily
because of your divorce? Personal pain is bad enough, but when it in turn
triggers the downfall of a career, it can be a very long fall.
Entrust your family law matter to lawyers with ample experience representing
well-known, successful people. We help obtain protective orders for executives
with full regard for the importance of protecting these clients' privacy
and public image of success. Do not attempt to deal with sensitive issues
such as restraining orders for professionals without qualified counsel.
Assisting Clients with Spousal Support
Spousal support, or alimony as it is commonly referred to, is financial
support which is designed to help both spouses maintain, as closely as
possible, the quality of life they enjoyed during the marriage. The obvious
challenge of spousal support is that divorce takes one household and divides
it into two. Our legal team understands how to create and implement strategies
that can create effective resolutions for our clients.
We know the courts will look at a variety of factors when determining alimony:
- Ability to pay
- Earning potential
- Each party's assets and debts
- Age and health of the parties
- Contributions to the marriage (e.g., homemaking)
For successful professionals and their spouses, it is important to secure
the representation of an attorney who understands how to effectively present
a case for or against spousal support. A key element of doing so may rely
on the use of experts to create evidence of income.
Speak with Our Beverly Hills Divorce Lawyers!
If you are an executive or some type of professional and you are facing
divorce or some other family law matter, take action to protect your child
and your rights as a parent. Get in touch with our Beverly Hills divorce
attorneys today for the skilled, individualized legal guidance you deserve.
Our firm is confident in our abilities to handle your case in an effective manner.
Call us today to retain the high-quality legal representation offered by our firm.