matthew k. skarin, cfls, cpa
In the state of California, there are over 170,000 practicing attorneys.
Less than 1,500 of those attorneys are Certified Family Law Specialists.
Of those Certified Family Law Specialists,
less than five are also Certified Public Accountants.
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Matthew Skarin is a Certified Family Law Specialist, a CPA and has his California Real Estate Broker License. Prior to law school, Mr. Skarin worked for the accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche and Miller and Co., doing both tax and compliance work. Matthew uses his wide variety of legal and financial skills to effectively and artfully guide high net worth individuals, business owners, and investors through the process of dissolution. Through Matthew’s extensive experience he is able to discern the potential pitfalls to his client early in the case, allowing him the opportunity to communicate these issues to the client and take steps to minimize exposure.
matthew k. skarin
President, Attorney at Law
Matthew Skarin is a Certified Family Law Specialist, a CPA and has his California Real Estate Broker License, making him the only attorney in California with this set of credentials. Prior to law school, Mr. Skarin worked for the accounting firms of Deloitte & Touche and Miller and Co., doing both tax and compliance work. Matthew uses his wide variety of legal and financial skills to effectively and artfully guide high net worth individuals, business owners, and investors through the process of dissolution. Through Matthew’s extensive experience he is able to discern the potential pitfalls to his client early in the case, allowing him the opportunity to communicate these issues to the client and take steps to minimize exposure.
Matthew approaches each client’s case from a fresh perspective, developing a strategy for his clients early in their case. He works with his clients to ensure that everything is done to meet their goals. Matthew’s clients appreciate his hands on approach and his availability to discuss their concerns during this particularly challenging time. He believes that the best way to get the results his clients are looking for is through strategic planning, anticipating the arguments of the opposition, and openly communicating his strategies with his clients.
Prior to beginning Skarin Law Group, APC in 2019, Matthew was a partner with one of the largest family law firms in Los Angeles, where he practiced family law for over a decade. With Skarin Law Group, APC, he has taken the knowledge and experience that he has gained over the years and created a firm designed to provide his clients with the services that one would expect from a large law firm, without the large law firm rates.
U.S. District Court
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Family Law Section
Member, Santa Monica Bar Association
Chair, Family Law Section, 2018-2019
Member, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
Member, Los Angeles Regional Standing Committee of Flexcom
Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Named a Rising Star by LA Magazine, 2015-2019
Named an Up-And-Coming Top 100 Attorney, 2017-2019
AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell
Areas of Practice
Marital Dissolution/Legal Separation
Matthew Skarin has extensive experience providing divorce representation, and he protect his clients whether their divorce is simple and uncontested, or extremely contentious and acrimonious. Divorce cases often involve business valuations, division of pension plans and retirement funds, “hidden” assets, off-shore assets, and complicated income analyses. Skarin Law Group routinely manages complex divorce matters.
Establishing parentage involves the determination of a parent’s rights and responsibilities, which include whether a parent will obtain legal and/or physical custody of a child, the amount of child support, if the child can be relocated to another state or country, and whether the child can be claimed for tax purposes. Skarin Law Group has extensive experience representing clients involved in paternity disputes.
Child Custody & Visitation
In any divorce, legal separation, or paternity case where children are involved, the legal and physical custody of the children must be determined. Legal custody refers to which parent retains the right and responsibility to make educational, medical, and religious decisions with respect to the child’s upbringing. Physical custody refers to which parent the child actually lives with. The selection of and payment for extracurricular activities often becomes an issue for parents. Skarin Law Group regularly represents clients in connection with parenting and visitation schedules, post-judgment modifications of custody, selection of and payment for extracurricular activities and private schooling, and the issues that arise when one parent wants to relocate a child to another city, state, or country.
Child Support/Spousal Support
A determination of child support obligations for parents includes an analysis of two important issues: 1) each parent’s income; and 2) the amount of time the child spends with each parent. Matthew Skarin possesses significant knowledge and skills in the context of calculating child support, and he works with top professionals including accountants and tax experts, as needed.
The calculation of spousal support requires an analysis of many factors, including each spouse’s income and education, each spouse’s earning capacity, the duration of the marital relationship, and the lifestyle enjoyed by the spouses during their marital relationship. Skarin Law Group evaluates these and many other legal factors when determining spousal support. The extensive experience of Matthew Skarin and his collaboration with preeminent expert witnesses — including forensic accountants and vocational evaluators — results in favorable outcomes for his clients.
Post-Judgment Matters & Modification Proceedings
Unfortunately, the issues arising out of a divorce or paternity case are not always complete and finalized. New facts and circumstances can arise that give rise to a modification of Court Orders. For example, what was once ordered or agreed to with regard to child custody, visitation, child support, or spousal support may no longer be sufficient under the law. Before attempting to change a Court Order or agreement, it is important to consult with a qualified attorney to evaluate whether and what legal steps can be taken to maximize a potential outcome.
Premarital Agreements & Post-Marital Agreements
The proper drafting of a Prenuptial Agreement requires an analysis of many important facts and details. There is considerable risk that a Prenuptial Agreement might be invalid or unenforceable if it is not properly prepared. Some of the goals that a Prenuptial Agreement can potentially achieve include: maintaining separate property characterization of specific assets, altering characterization of joint assets, the liability of debts, joint use of property, shared use of funds or bank accounts, waiving spousal support upon separation or divorce, and maintaining or changing the obligations of the spouses that arose before their marriage. Matthew Skarin has drafted numerous Prenuptial Agreements for his clients, and he uses his knowledge and experiences to effectively advance the interests and goals of his clients.
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