Announcement: Gina S. Berry joins the Norris Legal Group, APC

We are proud to announce that Gina S. Berry has joined the Norris Legal Group, APC.  Gina has more than twenty years of legal experience and has a reputation of zealously advocating for her clients in Ventura County. Her practice is primarily focused on family law proceedings, including divorce, custody, adoptions, guardianships, and restraining orders.… Read More

The importance of tax returns in divorce proceedings

  Joint Filings: Many times during a divorce, Parties are tempted to file taxes as “married filing jointly.”  Usually, but not always, your tax burden will be lower filing jointly, depending on your respective incomes, deductions, and credits. The main disadvantage of filing jointly is that both spouses are jointly and severally liable for taxes on the return, including any tax deficiencies, interest, and penalties.… Read More

Gender-neutral changes to the California Family Code: substance from the symbolic

In January of 2015, the California Family Code is facing a monumental shift towards gender equality.  The words “husband” and “wife” or “man” and a “woman” will be replaced with “spouses.”   These changes affect at least the following statutes: Sections 300, 301, 302, 420, 500, 720, 721, 750, 751, 752, 754, 761, 1102, 1500, 1620, 1839, 2200, 2201, 2210, 2211, 2322, 2400, 2401, 3120, 3450, 3551, 3580, 3585, 3600, 4323, and 4930.… Read More