Entertainers: I Am A Family Law Attorney Who Understands Your Lifestyle And Career
For those with careers in film, music, television or other branches 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. If you’re a professional entertainer, 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.
I am attorney Steven R. Stolar, and I know that those who have succeeded in the entertainment industry need an effective family law attorney who is able to deal with complex and substantial income and assets while also maintaining a level of discretion that respects your privacy and career.
I Know Ways To Protect Your Privacy
At my Beverly Hills-based firm, Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, I bring more than three decades of family law experience to the aid of my clients. I am familiar with the culture of Hollywood and other entertainment arenas in Southern California. I have the skills and knowledge necessary to create effective resolutions to even the most complex family law matters. I understand how to balance effective and caring representation with the need to minimize public exposure of private matters.
Call me at 310-800-2132 to request an initial consultation regarding your case.
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- Child support
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- Property division
- Protective/Restraining orders
- Emancipation of minors
I Will Help You Protect Your Parental Rights
Child custody issues are a priority for parents who are facing divorce for several key reasons:
- You may have concerns about the parenting skills of your soon-to-be ex-spouse.
- You may be worried about your child’s exposure to harmful influences when in the care of your ex.
- You may simply want to be able to protect your parent-child bond and overall 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. I understand how to deal with such unique circumstances as extensive travel for work and other factors that will be considered by the court.
Child support can be an element of 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
- Health care costs
- Day care or education costs
- Additional, necessary expenses
If you or your spouse is a professional entertainer, your income may fluctuate greatly from year to year. I have experience helping parents in these circumstances get fair child support payments (or prevent the imposition of unfair child support obligations).
Ensuring That 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 and their spouses need to secure the representation of an attorney who has experience with ensuring that the court fully understands the reality of their situations and the complexities of their income streams before it makes its final determination on child support. I am skilled in justifying the need for deviation from state guidelines. I can help you secure child support levels that are a fit for your financial situation.
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 them 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 a lawyer who has dealt with unique income streams and substantial assets as well as the overriding need for discretion. I am skilled in creating solutions regarding divorce that will address the extraordinary circumstances of your situation. I 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 those from overseas.
I bring in outside financial experts to help me secure the most favorable arrangements for my 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. I know how to present evidence that can provide a judge with sufficient grounds to justify the deviation you need.
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 the following:
- It allows 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 spouses-to-be, which can help them identify goals.
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. My experience can help you secure a prenuptial agreement that creates real security for you.
Spousal support can be an extremely contentious element to any divorce. This can be especially true when there is a dramatic disparity between spouses’ incomes 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.
When circumstances have changed sufficiently enough so 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 with 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 it deserves special attention.
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. I have the experience necessary to help ensure that the court recognizes the uniqueness of your situation.
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 the following:
- A 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 had begun
- Ownership interests in businesses that are partnerships or some sort of partial stake
I 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, I am experienced in creating effective solutions in even the most complex of property divisions. When necessary, I have access to outside financial experts who can provide an even greater depth of knowledge to help ensure that hard-to-value assets receive an accurate appraisal.
At my Beverly Hills family law firm, I have 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. I 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?
I 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, be assured that I have the necessary skills and experience to maximize your opportunities to get that order lifted if you believe it was 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? I obtain protective orders for entertainers while protecting my clients’ privacy.
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 or guardian.
In recognition of this fact, the California Family Code contains provisions for the 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 Council Form FL-150 and demonstrate conclusively to the presiding judge that they are financially self-supporting.
- 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.
My law firm is a proven resource for people making complex decisions and targeting favorable outcomes in courts throughout the Beverly Hills area. This includes my well-earned standing as an advocate for high-profile film and music industry professionals facing all types of family law challenges. I 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 that you are not ready for, but you will gain the benefit of understanding your options and exactly what is involved in emancipation.
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 from where income streams are derived. 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.
As an experienced attorney, I 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 in which the parents had never married.
Contact Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, For Family Law Guidance For Entertainers
If you are part of the entertainment industry and need a family or divorce lawyer, speak with a representative from my firm, Stolar & Associates, today. I can provide the experienced, caring and strategic legal help you need. Call me today at 310-800-2132.
You may also contact my office by email to learn about how I can assist you with your family law needs.