Ilona Antonyan

Top rated Family Law attorney in San Diego, California

Antonyan Miranda, LLP
Ilona Antonyan
Antonyan Miranda, LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 2005

Education: California Western School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Russian, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

Antonyan Miranda, LLP

402 W Broadway
Twenty-First Floor
San Diego, CA 92101 Visit website

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Ilona Antonyan is the founding partner at Antonyan Miranda, LLP, in San Diego, California. Focusing her practice exclusively on family law, she is a board-Certified Family Law Specialist and the youngest individual to achieve this certification from The State Bar of California because of her exceptional work in the family law field. She represents clients throughout California with matters involving high net worth divorce, contempt proceedings, family law writs and appeals, restraining orders,  property division, domestic violence and so on. 

With a genuine concern for the legal issues that affect her clients, Ms. Antonyan has gained a reputation for her tenacity and compassion while fighting for her clients’ rights. Recognized for her extensive and impressive work in the legal field, Ms. Antonyan is included in the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorney. She was awarded the “40 Under 40” San Diego Brightest Young Leader award by the San Diego Metro. Ms. Antonyan has been recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as a member of Nation's Top One Percent each year from 2017 to 2022. 

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Antonyan is a family law adjunct professor at California Western School of Law. She was previously a part of the San Diego County Bar Association's Board of Directors. She is an ardent speaker and lectures at many legal seminars and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Antonyan also serves clients who are in need of pro bono legal services and volunteers as Judge Pro Tem in the family law and small claims sections of the San Diego Superior Court.

Ms. Antonyan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and political science from Case Western Reserve University, graduating cum laude. She earned her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in just two years. She is admitted to practice in California, United States District Court of the Southern District of California and the United States District Court of the Central District of California.

Ms. Antonyan is active in the legal community. She is a member of family law section of The State Bar of California, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, San Diego County Bar Association, Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. 

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2005, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.expertdivorcelaw.com/index.php

Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Real Estate Broker 2007-present
  • Possesses both Series 7 and 66 securities licenses, 2013
  • Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization, 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteering though the San Diego County Bar Association.
  • Adjunct Professor of Family Law at the California Western School of Law, 2015 to present , 2021
  • Judge Pro Tem in San Diego Superior Courts (Family Law and Small Claims), 2014 to present, 2021
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • San Diego Association of Realtors
  • CLE presenter on Family Law and Bankruptcy, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum , 2020
  • U.S. District Court-Southern District of California, 2005
  • (ACFLS) Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • National Association of Realtors
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals., 2015
  • California Supreme Court
  • SDCBA Certified Family Law Specialist Committee
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California
  • Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, 2015
  • Director, San Diego County Bar Board of Directors
  • (CASD) Consumer Attorneys of San Diego,Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
Educational Background:
  • Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, B.A., Majors: Psychology and Political Science., Minors: Philosophy and Spanish as minors., Honors: cum laude. Graduated with double major and minor in 2.5 years, 2002
  • California Western School of Law, graduated in two years, 2004
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Holds a US patent for an invention, 2007
  • 20th Annual 40 Under 40 Award, 2019
Videos:
  • Ilona speaks to KUSI News about how the new tax laws affect spousal support., KUSI News: Expert Ilona Antonyan, 2018
  • Deciding between divorce and legal separation can be complicated, therefore it's crucial that one understands both the legal and emotional impacts., Divorce vs. Legal Separation, 2019
  • Discussion on how one's station in life can determine whether or not you need a Prenuptial Agreement., When Do You Need A Prenup?, 2019
  • Antonyan Miranda is a Divorce and Family Law Firm, so we thought it would be natural to ask one of our Founding Partners, Ilona Antonyan, CFLS, her reasoning behind choosing this specific practice!, Why Do You Practice Family Law?, 2019
  • What are some of the financial implications of divorce and spousal support? Ilona explains how the court determines spousal support based on certain factors., The American Dream Show: Ilona Antonyan on Spousal Support, 2018
  • Ilona explains the division of real property in a divorce including reimbursements and credits for improvements and contributions. Your home is often the largest asset you acquire in a marriage. Ilona talks to Craig Sewing about how to protect your rights., Craig Sewing Show: Ilona's Interview - Real Property, 2018
  • Always down for a little fun, our Client Concierge Department shows the team how it's done! Our RAZOR acronym is a reflection of our firm culture. Razor blades are an example of how we cut through a case with precision and are also cutting edge. , RAZOR Acronym Video, 2018
  • How Domestic Violence Restraining Orders differ from other types of restraining orders. What to look out for to protect yourself from fraudulent restraining orders. When restraining orders are used strategically. How to protect yourself from an abusive situation., ESPN Truth Radio - Restraining Orders, 2017
  • The life and career of San Diego Family Law Specialist Ilona Antonyan., Real Talk San Diego - Meet Ilona Antonyan, CFLS, 2018
  • What happens when you introduce the element of alcohol and drugs to divorce and custody? Ilona discusses this issue for the Truth Radio audience., ESPN Truth Radio - Drugs and Alcohol, 2017
  • Family Law, Judge Judy, Ashley Madison. What advice can we give to families out there who have questions about family law matters? Divorce, custody, support issues, asset division., 1170 AM KCBQ: Ilona on Divorce, custody, support issues, asset division, 2016
  • Celebrity divorce commentary. What is the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce?, The American Dream Show: Contested vs Uncontested Divorce, 2016
  • Welcome to Antonyan Miranda, LLP. We specialize in Family Law and handle all cases - large or small. We have attorneys who speak English, Spanish, Russian and Farsi. Call our office and ask for one of our attorney concierges for a free telephone consultation, Family Law Divorce Experts, San Diego., 2018
  • Welcome to Antonyan Miranda. Everyone who works at our firm loves practicing family law. Let us take the stress away from you and guide you through this difficult time to help you make good decisions to maximize your financial recovery and serve the best interest of your children., Welcome to Antonyan Miranda, LLP 2016, 2016
  • UNIVISION SAN DIEGO, Abogada Familiar, 2012
Representative Clients:
  • Represented Mother in a custody and visitation and child support dispute. Changed the long standing joint legal and physical order to sole physical and legal custody to Mother, where no Domestic Violence restraining order was ever filed. Proved that  abuse occurred in the past 5 years, regardless of no restraining order being sought, and how it was detrimental to the child’s best interests. In the same case, proved that Father was lying about his income in excess of $20,000 difference  a month from what was initially represented to the court at the time of trial. Retroactively increased child support order, based on higher income, and had FC§271 sanctions ordered against Father for defrauding the court about his finances. This resulted in great arrears owed to  mother, now secured against Father’s assets., 2019
  • Highly contested custody, visitation, spousal support, sanctions, and division of assets case. After many depositions, heavy discovery, the case settled on favorable terms, , 2019
  • Won a 5-day Contempt Trial causing Husband to be sentenced to 70 days in jail (35 served) for failure to pay spousal support. Had him on probation for several years after sentencing through 2019 to ensure compliance with future payments. Significant attorney fees awarded to Wife. In this case, Husband and his new wife wanted to leave our client broke and to have depend on the state for SSI. Husband and new spouse transferred assets to new wife’s name and transferred to Cayman Island to show inability to pay. This was proved, Husband was punished., 2016
  • Represented Father in an international child support proceeding between US and Mexico, involving jurisdictional issues, contempt of court hearings, monetary sanctions, and the following:     Motions to Dismiss Proceedings based on lack of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction, and Personal Jurisdiction over a Foreign resident; Choice of Law (foreign vs CA re UIFSA enforcement proceedings); & Motions re Contempt Remedies; Registration of a Foreign Support Order for Enforcement vs Modification; Domestication of a Foreign Judgment; Letters Rogatory (Mexico); Contempt of Court filings; Motions to Dismiss Joinder Action for failure to Prosecute within the statutory time; Fraudulent Transfer action and consolidation; 271 Sanction Motions; 128.5 Sanctions; Accounting of funds transferred to Mexico, Attorney Fees & Costs., 2018
  • Invalidated two Post-Marital Agreements  signed in 1990’s on the basis of undue influence, proved actual fraud, constructive fraud, mistake, and the statute of limitations re: enforcement timeframe. After setting these contracts aside, divided the remaining estate which was initially worth over $20,000,000.00. Also pursued sanctions for Breach of Fiduciary Duties.    , 2017
  • Litigated a highly contested divorce proceeding between doctors involving the following issues: Sealing of Records from the media; Domestic Violence Restraining Order; Fam. Code §2122 Set Aside of the MSA based on extortion & fraud; Breach of Fiduciary Duties, sanctions, fees; Income Available for Support, Modification of Child and Spousal Support; Business Valuations Surgery Centers., 2017
  • Litigated a 9 day Pre-Marital Contract trial, including spousal support, accounting and appropriation of wages, and division of a Defined Benefit Plan, and Breach of Fiduciary Duties, 2017
  • 3 day trial on RSU Division per Nelson Formula, Spousal Support (experts on marital standard of living); Custody and Visitation; Attorney Fees and Costs. , 2016
  • Litigated a 13-day trial on the following issues, some of which ended up on appeal and became a partially published opinion: Characterization of Property & reimbursement claims; Tracing of separate property contributions to acquisition of numerous commercial and residential real properties; Income Available for Support and the countering Imputation claims; Business Valuation and Division; Spousal Support. Child Support, Fees; Breach of Fiduciary Duties (Undue Influence)  Moore Marden and Pereira claims Significant discovery dispute issues., 2016
  • Divorce proceeding involving the division of a 300 million-dollar business. The case involved: Joinder of the Company, ex-parte sale prevention orders; Custody and visitation dispute; Complex tax issues; Validity of the Post Marital Agreement (under TX law); Expert Appointment for determination of  Income Available for Support and Accounting of Profits., 2016
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The CLE covered the recent case updates and interpretation of Domestic Violence laws, inclining recent published opinions on the meaning of the disturbance of peace. Also, how to prevail on technical grounds and make a record for appeal. , Presenter, Domestic Violence: Disturbance of Peace, Technical Violations, FC 3044, and Making a Record for Appeal, Antonyan Miranda, LLP, Family Law, 2022
  • Training on how to use Executioner to calculate arrears with in interest on support, fees, child support with and without delinquency notice; and how to use Propertizer to calculate Moore Marsden interest and create Property Distribution  spreadsheets for Marital Settlement Agreements, mediation, or settlement offer letters. , Presenter, How to Effectively Use Executioner and Propertizer, Antonyan Miranda, LLP, Family Law, 2022
  • How to navigate complex discovery including demands for documents, subpoenas, and depositions; highlighting technical defects often seen or unknown to opposing counsel which can be raised to our clients' advantage. , Presenter, Discovery, Antonyan Miranda, LLP, Family Law, 2022
  • CLE presenter on Family Law and Bankruptcy, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum 11/2020, Speaker, Family Law and Bankruptcy, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum 11/2020, Family Law And Bankruptcy, 2020
  • Founding Partners, Ilona Antonyan, CFLS join NBI faculty for a two-day MCLE program that covers trial preparation, custody, support, asset division and tax considerations. Ilona's presented on The Divorce Hearing and Trial, Faculty, The Divorce Hearing and Trial, National Business Institute, 2018
  • Ilona was one of the Continuing Legal Education speakers lecturing on: Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More, Faculty, Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More, National Business Institute, 2018
  • CLE speaker at Southern California Mediation Association program on Family Law Mediation , Speaker-CLE, Family Law Mediation, Southern California Mediation Association, Family Law, 2016
Honors/Awards:
  • The magazine features ten selected talented, inspiring local women in  who represent excellence in their respective fields. , Dynamic Women, Modern Luxury, 2022
  • NADC promotes the highest standards of legal excellence and objectively recognizes the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession., Nation's Top One Percent, NADC, 2022
  • San Diego magazine recognizes local business leaders who are the the best in their field. Ilona Antonyan and her partner Timothy Miranda are recognized as San Diego's Power Players each year for being the top divorce attorneys in the county , Power Players, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2022
  • NADC promotes the highest standards of legal excellence and objectively recognizes the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession., Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2021
  • The magazine features a collection talented, inspiring local women in  who represent excellence in their respective fields. , Dynamic Women, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2021
  • Antonyan was among only twenty attorneys throughout San Diego selected for inclusion in the magazine’s 2020 Best Attorneys in San Diego list. San Diego Metro magazine solicited nominations from attorneys across San Diego County and practicing in all areas of law., Top Attorney Award, San Diego Metro, 2020
  • NADC promotes the highest standards of legal excellence and objectively recognizes the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession., Nation's Top One Percent, NADC, 2020
  • San Diego magazine recognizes outstanding local business leaders, Power Players, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2020
  • San Diego magazine recognizes local business leaders, Power Players, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2021
  • San Diego Metro Magazine celebrate 40 San Diego men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their professions, industries or San Diego as a whole., 40 under 40 Award, SD Metro, 2019
  • Recognition of women leading charge when it comes to knowhow, distinction, and dedication. They're the influencers in their fields. Masterminds in their profession. Leaders in the community. , Women to Watch, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2018
  • San Diego magazine recognizes local business leaders, Power Players, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2018
  • Recognizing the city's finest leaders and creative thinkers, Power Players, Modern Luxury Magazine, 2017
  • Nation's Top One Percent of attorneys in the United States, Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2018
  • Nation's Top One Percent of attorneys in the United States, Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2017
  • San Diego Top "Young Attorneys" Award, the San Diego Daily Transcript, San Diego Top "Young Attorneys" Award, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2011
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Held the other party in contempt after trial for violating multiple custody and visitation orders and domestic violence restraining orders. We got on the case only a few months before filing contempt, resolved and settled all issues a few days after winning the contempt trial. After a full day trial, we prevailed on 8 out of 10 counts of Contempt against Husband (one charge was strategically dropped because our witness was a no show). He was convicted and found guilty on each count. Since we prevailed on Contempt, I was able to renew our client’s restraining order without having to litigate it at trial which was scheduled for several days (with a million exhibits). That saved her tens of thousands of dollars! The same day the opposing side who lost was kind enough to send us an email asking for mercy. The next day, he finally agreed to the settlement terms we offered through his counsel weeks before and which he rejected before the contempt trial. These parties had a 3-day trial scheduled in a few months on all issues, we had experts lined up and had a lot of work ahead of us. Now both have the peace of mind, are saved about $50,000 each in litigation costs, and are able to move on., 2022
  • Prevailed in a custody proceeding where the other parent was alienating the children from their father. After an evidentiary hearing, obtained greater parenting time for our client and a finding that mother's abuse allegations were unfounded. Over objection from the other side, obtained family counseling and individual counseling orders., 2022
  • Obtained 100% of requested FC §6344 fees totaling $75,761 for prevailing on a Domestic Violence Restraining Order after trial. The other side appealed the DVRO order, and asked for any fees to not be ordered or considered until the appeal was resolved. The Court agreed with our reasoning that “any argument that enforcement of a Restraining Order After Hearing issued under the DVPA is stayed pending appeal would be an asinine and preposterous.  Otherwise, restrained parties could appeal and violate the restraining order with impunity.” Also prevailed by objecting under CRC 5.92, and per Evidence Code § 411 and §412 as the other side failed to file a current Income and Expense Declaration. The the court relied on the evidence we offered and disregarded the other side's argument of inability to pay. , 2022
  • Prevailed in a post-judgment paternity action by obtaining 50/50 physical and legal custody for father despite mother's request for sole legal and physical. Disproved the false allegations asserted by the other side.  , 2022
  • The case settled after over two years of litigation just prior to sentencing after a three day long contempt trial we prosecuted for non-payment of court ordered support. The issues involved included extensive discovery including subpoenas to over thirty  business entities, multiple depositions, tracing of funds, and significant breach of fiduciary duties. , 2022
  • Prevailed on a permanent DV Restraining Order request after a 3 day trial on the basis of disturbance of peace where Husband obtained Wife's private, nude photographs from her digital media without consent and attempted to ruin her reputation with family and friends. After trial obtained a prevailing party fee award exceeding $75,000, 2021
  • Invalidated two Post-Marital Agreements signed in 1990’s on the basis of undue influence, proved actual fraud, constructive fraud, mistake, and the statute of limitations re: enforcement timeframe. Litigated a 3 day trial in front of retired judge at Judicate West. After setting these contracts aside, divided the remaining estate which was initially worth over $20,000,000.00. This was a Pursued sanctions for Breach of Fiduciary Duties. The millions in assets were managed by the Receiver to ensure preservation of community assets.    In re Marriage of Stoff.   , 2017
  • Litigation followed by a full settlement of all issues in an international dissolution proceeding between Mexican citizens pending in the US. Ms. Antonyan represented Husband, a who owns and operates numerous business entities in Mexico and the US.  After a complex Hague Convention Motions to Quash Service, depositions of the parties and the process servers, and after 2 full days of trial, the case fully settled and the reminder of trial is vacated. This matter involved division of assets in the US and Mexico, child support, spousal support, custody, visitation, characterization and division of businesses, investment accounts, and real property., 2021
  • Successfully defended Husband against Wife's Domestic Valance Restraining Order. Deposed Wife prior to trial, caught her in many lies. After a two days trial, we proved that she omitted material dates and details in her moving papers, and abused the process to get him out of the house. , 2020
  • Litigated a two day Domestic Violence Restraining Order trial filed by father against mother. After an erroneous ruling by the court, our client, mother appealed. A published appellate opinion came out on 7/27/2021 in the 4th Appellate District. DVTRO was reversed in favor of mother.  In re Marriage of L.R. & K.A., No. D077533, 2021 WL 3161560, at *12–13 (Cal. Ct. App. July 27, 2021) Father during a two-hour urgent care visit with the parties’ sick minor child an incident described by the responding police officer as “boil[ing] down to being a child custody dispute.” The incident ended with Mother, who did not have physical custody, taking the child home in violation of the child custody and visitation order. Finding Mother’s conduct disturbed Father’s peace, the court issued a three-year domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) against Mother for Father’s protection and included the child as a protected party. The appellate court concluded that conclude Mother’s conduct—although demonstrating poor co-parenting—did not rise to the level of destroying Father’s mental and emotional calm to constitute abuse within the meaning of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) (Fam. Code,2 § 6200 et seq.), 2020
  • Defended three repetitive requests by Husband for attorney fees against Wife exceeding $50,000 each time on technical grounds. Filed Objections under California Rules of Court which were sustained each time, resulting in denial of the other side's requests. Also obtained FC 271 sanctions against Husband for delaying the proceeding and refusing to enter the signed Marital Settlement Agreement as the Judgment of the Court, prevailed on CCP 664.6 motion. , 2020
  • 3.2 million dollar verdict in the case of Avalon Rf, Inc v. Wifi Wireless, Inc obtained in February, 2009. The verdict was set aside as a result of post judgment motions. This case went up on appeal, then to the Supreme Court of California., 2009
  • After a 5-day trial won a Permanent Restraining Order for a client. The court issued it for a short duration of 3 months, we appealed on the basis it should have been for a longer period of time. Won on appeal. Pending appeal, filed for a renewal of the  restraining order on a permanent basis. After it was heard by another judicial office and another 3 days trial, prevailed and obtained a five year restraining order. (Marriage of A.P. v. J.P. 4th Appellate Court, case D076146), 2019
  • Won a 5-day Contempt Trial causing Husband to be sentenced to 70 days in jail (35 served) for failure to pay spousal support. Had him on probation for several years after sentencing through 2019 to ensure compliance with future payments. Significant attorney fees awarded to Wife. In this case, Husband and his new wife wanted to leave our client broke and to have depend on the state for SSI. Husband and new spouse transferred assets to new wife’s name and transferred to Cayman Island to show inability to pay. This was proved, Husband was punished. (Vladimir Safonov v. Lilia Safonova) , 2016
  • Won a jury trial in medical malpractice case of Augustina Flores v. Dr. Buyse and Scripps Health. , 2013
  • Successfully defensed a local restraint owner in a five day commercial unlawful detainer trial, in the case of Krasne Family properties, LLC v. Rios. Attorney fees awarded to my client. , 2006
  • Litigated a medical malpractice case (shoulder dystocia case)  in the matter of Cruz v. Gosh. Settled for a confidential amount. , 2011
  • Litigated a medical malpractice case in Torres v. Dr. Bench and Sharp Memorial Hospital. Settled for a confidential amount with the hospital. Jury verdict against the plaintiff after an eight day trial. , 2014
  • Obtained a monetary judgment for Defamation after a jury trial in the case of Yousif v. Gewarges against two defendants. Also proved punitive damages on behalf of the plaintiff. , 2008
  • Ms. Antonyan obtained a $1,025,324.00 verdict in a premise liability, and assault and battery case of Yousif v. Gibo. The Premise Liability Case settled for a confidential amount before trial. The Assault and Battery was tried resulting in the aforementioned verdict amount, which included $350,000.00 in punitive damages., 2013

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Ms. Antonyan is a diligent, intelligent, crafty and aggressive advocate for her clients. She is the primary person we refer cases to in San Diego for family law issues without hesitation.”

Office location for Ilona Antonyan

402 W Broadway
Twenty-First Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-453-0501

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