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San Diego Divorce Attorneys Rosario Santoyo and Gretel Smith

Multi-State Family Law Attorneys

We’re dedicated to helping our clients through whatever adversity they may face. Our attorneys will empower you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions regarding your case. We will work together to customize a legal strategy that works for your situation. Your goals are our priority.

Burgos Santoyo Smith are dedicated California Family Law Attorneys practicing in the following counties: San Diego, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Placer, Los Angeles, Imperial, and Riverside.

We offer a Union Discount and a Military Discount.

Burgos Santoyo Smith was founded with the premise of helping families get through divorce with the vision of what life will be in the future. Divorce is difficult. We educate our clients to help make informed decisions with each step through the process.

Rosario and Gretel

BSS Legal

At Burgos Santoyo Smith, you get the experience of seasoned litigators with small firm attention. We take pride in providing professional, reputable representation. We will guide you to focus on the best life possible, post-divorce, so that you can start the next chapter in your life. Life goes on after divorce; we will help get you there.
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Attorneys Gretel Smith and Rosario Santoyo lend expert insight into all things related to family law in their podcast “Sweet Divorce”.  Subscribe and watch each episode for tips on how to navigate divorce, child custody, and other complicated legal issues.  

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

There are many variables when it comes to the cost of divorce. At Burgos Santoyo Smith, we listen to your needs and consider costs when developing a strategy for your particular situation. Call us for a consultation to discuss what your roadmap will look like.
California will not finalize a divorce any earlier than six months from the day a Respondent is served with divorce papers. The length of time it takes to finalize a divorce depends on many things, including issues in your case, discovery, whether negotiations are productive, and whether the other party participates in the process. Call our office for a consultation to discuss a timeline for your specific case.
If you’re in immediate danger, call 911. If you or your children are in danger, a Domestic Violence Restraining Order may be an option for you. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders restrict a perpetrator of domestic violence from coming near the victim’s home, work, or school. At Burgos Santoyo Smith, LLC, we work diligently to utilize legal tools to keep you protected. Call today for a consultation.
At Burgos Santoyo Smith, we understand that sometimes a long court battle is exactly what you want to avoid. If your goal is an amicable separation, our attorneys will help you and your spouse come to a resolution through mediation. We will advocate for you with settlement in mind. Call today for a consultation to discuss the different avenues we use to come to a peaceful conclusion.
Sometimes we need the court to take a second look at its decision. At Burgos Santoyo Smith, we will look at your court order or judgment and determine whether there is any reason the judge may have erred. Appeals have strict timelines that must be met. Call today to schedule a consultation and discuss whether an appeal is right for you.
If you have been ordered to pay child support and have since experienced a decrease in your income, it is important to consult with an experienced Family Law Attorney to learn what you can do to protect yourself. Call us today to schedule your consultation.
If you have an existing order for child support and your co-parent’s income has increased, you may be able to modify the current child support you receive. It is important to consult with an experienced Family Law Attorney to determine whether you may be entitled to increased child support.
Many things factor into spousal support modifications. At Burgos Santoyo Smith, we can review your most recent spousal support orders to determine whether you would benefit from a spousal support modification. Call to schedule a consultation today.
When contemplating termination of spousal support it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Many factors are used to determine whether spousal support should terminate. Consult with an experienced attorney to understand your rights.