Representing Professional Athletes in Family Law Matters
Family law matters such as
child custody always present challenges. The emotions and stress that are part of dealing
with family law difficulties can test anyone. For professional athletes,
focus can be a key to success, both on the field or court, and in the
development of a career. Any family law matter will cause distraction,
and it should; your family life is an important matter. But, having the
guidance and advocacy of a family law attorney who understands the pressures
of your career and who has experience with helping professional athletes
through divorces and other challenging family law matters will help you
to minimize that distraction. We at Stolar & Associates, A Professional
Law Corporation are here for you during your time of legal need.
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Family Law Representation That Understands Your Situation
For professional athletes, making sure that the court understands how to
deal with the rigors of the demanding schedules they have to keep is essential
to issues such as child support. The amount of time you have with your
child affects the amount of child support you pay.
The State of California uses a program called Dissomaster to set child
support child support obligations. Dissomaster, can create unnecessarily
high child support burdens for those with exceptional income. This makes
it extremely important that you have an attorney who knows how to persuade
a judge that deviation from the state guidelines is appropriate.
At Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, we have
30+ years of experience in helping professional athletes secure effective resolutions when divorce
or other family law issues arise. We know that professional athletes have
particular needs and circumstances from which their family law matters
derive. Our decades of experience helping gifted athletes allow us to
provide representation that is effective and which allows you to stay
focused on the business of your career.
We have worked with all kinds of professional athletes, including those from the:
Skilled Legal Leadership
We are skilled in helping our clients achieve their family law goals. Part
of that success includes understanding how to work with all of your advisers
and management. Our extensive experience in working with athletes allows
us to provide integrated and comprehensive representation. Managers and
agents have often hired us to represent their clients' interests.
Seeking a Child Custody Arrangement That Is Right for You
Preserving the quality of your relationship with your children is a critical
goal for all parents, including those who are divorcing, separating, or
who were never married. While this goal is almost universal, the circumstances
in which the establishment of a child custody agreement is occurring and
the goals each parent brings to that proceeding, create a unique situation.
When one parent is a professional athlete, the circumstances of their career
can create a unique situation that often requires special consideration
when a child custody agreement is being established. If you are a professional
athlete, it is essential that you have the representation of an attorney
who is capable of ensuring that your child custody arrangement recognizes
the demands your career places on your life.
Representation That Can Help You Pursue Fair Child Support
Child support is calculated using a formula contained in guidelines mandated by the
state. Calculating appropriate child support for professional athletes
can require a familiarity with applying the state guidelines to the unique
compensation that is part of such a career.
The guidelines look at each parent's income and other factors such as:
- Daycare expenses
- Educational expenses
- Healthcare expenses
For an athlete who has a contract to play with a professional sports team,
there may be years of high, predictable income followed by a retirement
that begins much sooner than for most. For an athlete who plays a solo
sport such as golf or tennis, annual earnings may vary greatly.
Many athletes will also have outside income from sources such as:
- Real estate
- Business ownership
For professional athletes, the state guidelines can create unfair burdens.
The guidelines were designed with more traditional income levels and sources
in mind. We understand how to present sufficient evidence to the court
to support a request for deviation from the guidelines to create a lower,
Are You Considering Divorce?
Divorce for professional athletes poses unique challenges. The emotions
and the impact that divorce has on the practical aspects of your life
can be difficult to handle. When divorce occurs to someone whose career
can be high pressure, it makes it all the more imperative that they have
the experienced guidance of someone who can effectively protect their
interests and create real solutions that are tailored to the unique circumstances
of their career.
The careers of professional athletes can place them under enormous pressure
to perform. When divorce threatens to derail your ability to focus on
your career, we can help. Our Beverly Hills divorce lawyers are able to
craft effective solutions in even the most challenging and complex circumstances.
We are also comfortable working with agents and managers to create the
most effective resolutions possible for their clients.
Our clients require representation that is capable of providing representation
that is able to work around the dynamic aspects of the career of a professional
athlete such as:
- Demanding work, travel, and training schedule
- Income from multiple sources, such as endorsements
- Income that may vary from year to year
- Media relations
We provide professional athletes with representation that is experienced
in dealing with and diffusing media attention. We bring a unique set of
skills and experience that allows us to work to prevent unnecessary exposure
of your personal life or the lives of your children.
Enforcement of Family Court Orders
In an ideal world, everyone will do what they have agreed to do following
a divorce. However, this is not always the case. When the other party
to a family law agreement is failing to meet the obligations that were
set during your divorce or other family law proceeding, take action by
securing the representation of attorneys who understand how to use the
power of the courts to enforce compliance with the arrangements that were
agreed upon during your divorce or other family law proceedings. Our attorneys
are capable of taking immediate action to help you hold your ex-spouse
to the obligations they agreed to during your divorce.
Modifications of Family Court Orders
When a family law matter is being decided, deliberation and negotiation
are often necessary to create the agreements and arrangements that will
govern matters such as:
You may have devoted a great deal of thought to what you believe would
be necessary regarding those issues in order for you and your children
to be happy and be able to thrive after your divorce. Circumstances change
and children grow and develop different needs.
For someone in a career as uncommon as professional athlete, it can be
even more difficult to secure arrangements that are sufficiently flexible
to be able to deal with such defining characteristics of the life a professional
- Income that can vary substantially from year to year
- Work and training schedules that can change or otherwise pose a challenge
- The possibility of relocating to join a different sports organization
- The possibility of a strike
- The possibility that an injury may have a huge impact on your income
When your current agreements no longer represent the realities that you
are living with, take action immediately to modify them. Your first step
needs to be securing the representation of an attorney who understands
the issues that professional athletes face.
Getting Married? Establish a Prenuptial Agreement!
Professional athletes understand the benefits of effective financial management.
With the possibility of substantial income and assets that a career as
a professional athlete can bring, it is necessary to ensure that your
increasingly complex financial matters are handled appropriately. This
includes when you are considering getting married.
A prenuptial agreement is an important tool that can help you:
- Manage your finances
- Find common ground on difficult issues during a time not overwrought with stress
Outline how such critical issues such as
spousal support will be handled
The certainty that a
prenuptial agreement can create can be a great relief considering the fact that the income
of a professional athlete can vary dramatically from year to year. Many
professional athletes have to relocate with some frequency due to the
demands of their careers. It is important to know that your prenuptial
agreement effectively addresses that component of your career. Our experience
allows us to craft prenuptial agreements that are enforceable even under
Concerned About Property Division?
Professional athletes, like many other well-compensated individuals, often
have substantial assets and property. During the division of community
property that is part of a divorce, the court will work to equitably divide
the assets and debts of the marriage.
There are two questions that are pertinent to the division of community property:
- Which assets and debts can be construed as community property?
- Which should be considered separate property?
- What constitutes an equitable division of the community property?
It is critical that those questions are answered in a way that results
in a division of property that favors you. Without representation that
is skilled in handling substantial assets, you may be forced to part with
property unnecessarily. Our firm understands how to deal with the specific
issues that confront professional athletes during the division of property.
We know that every client will have specific goals for the division of
property. We will have a thorough and frank discussion with you about
those goals, and we will build a strategy that is designed to achieve
those goals. We consult with outside financial experts when the situation
calls for such expertise. We want to ensure that difficult to value assets
are accurately appraised.
Seeking a Protective / Restraining Order?
If you are a professional athlete undergoing a disruption in personal or
family relationships, and you find yourself in need of a
restraining order, Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation is a valuable
resource. Our attorneys regularly represent professional athletes and
entertainers. Have you dealt with harassment, abuse, or
stalking by someone with whom you have a close relationship?
We can obtain a domestic violence restraining order against:
- Your spouse or registered domestic partner
- Your ex-wife or husband, or former domestic partner
- Your recent or former dating interest
- A cohabiting partner of yours
- Your child's mother or father
- Your parent, child, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather or in-law
Your status as a well-known athlete may make it difficult for the person
named to completely stay off your radar. How will you retain your privacy
when you are a well-known athlete? We have ample experience advising clients
on the most effective ways of self-protection.
Depending on your circumstances, you may require a/an:
- Emergency protective order (EPO)
- Temporary protective order (TRO)
- "Permanent" restraining order
- Criminal protective order
Assisting Athletes with Spousal Support Issues
Spousal support is designed to allow spouses to approximately maintain
the quality of life that they enjoyed during the marriage. In divorces
where one spouse is an extraordinarily high-income earner and the other
spouse's financial contribution is not comparable, spousal support
can be a contentious issue. For professional athletes, this may be especially true.
If you are a professional athlete and are facing the uncertainty of divorce,
it is essential that you secure the representation of an attorney who
is skilled in appropriately establishing or disputing spousal support
that is based on substantial income that may fluctuate.
When the courts are making determinations regarding spousal support, factors
such as the following are considered:
- Earning potential
- Ability to prepare for a new occupation
In addition to ensuring that spousal support levels are set appropriately
at the time of divorce, our attorneys will also look toward the future.
We know that professional athletes' income can vary sizably from one
year to the next. We will be there to help ensure that any spousal support
is based on the most accurate and current income assessment.
Need Help? Consult with Our Beverly Hills Divorce Lawyers.
If you are a professional athlete and you need help with a family law matter,
you need to take action to ensure that you have well-versed legal representation
from a law firm that understands your unique needs. Stolar & Associates,
A Professional Law Corporation will work tirelessly to protect you.
For the passionate advocacy you deserve,
turn to our law firm today.