Marriage of Mitchell: You don’t get an annulment if you keep acting like you’re married

IRMO Mitchell (2019) Alameda County Super. Ct. No. HF17862586 Wife filed a petition to annul her marriage with Husband.  The basis was that Husband committed acts of fraud.  Essentially, she claims that he only intended on staying with her until he received immigration papers, and that he was actively seeking sexual relationships with other women. … Read More

Appellate Court Affirms $50,000 in Sanctions Against Attorney for Disclosure of Confidential Child Custody Evaluation

IRMO ANKA  (Citation Pending) 2d Civil No. B281760 Our office at one point had the displeasure of being involved in this very dispute. Lisa Helfend Meyer objected to and appealed the trial court’s issuance of $50,000 in sanctions against the attorney personally, also extending the liability to her client. … Read More

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