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Angela Gochenour Buono

Child support Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.9   38 reviews

About Angela

Learn Angela’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child support
    20%

  2. Family
    20%
    Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Nullity, Paternity, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, pre-marital and post-nuptial agreements, domestic violence restraining orders, retirement issues, as well as modification and enforcement of family law orders and judgments

    14 years

  3. Alimony
    10%

  4. Child custody
    10%

  5. Divorce and separation
    10%

  6. Domestic violence
    10%

  7. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

  8. Uncontested divorce
    10%

As a Family Law Attorney for the past ten years, Ms. Buono has extensive experience in settling and litigating all types of Family Law matters, including dissolution of marriage, paternity, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, pre-marital agreements, domestic violence, retirement issues, as well as modification and enforcement of family law orders and judgments.
 
Part of her role as an attorney is to educate her clients about the impact the law will have on their specific issues. She strives to help clients understand the legal implications associated with their choices, and provide them with the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.
 
Ms. Buono has the knowledge and skill to guide you through this difficult time and provide you with superior representation. She prides herself on aggressively pursuing her clients’ goals and is committed to securing the best possible outcome every time. Her dedication to her profession, and to her clients, is reflected in the testimonials.
 
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Ms. Buono knew as a young child that she wanted to be an attorney. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and received her Juris Doctorate with honors from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. After a semester of volunteering at the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic, while in law school, Ms. Buono found a passion for the area of Family Law, and for advocating for those in need of a voice.
 
Outside of the practice of law, Ms. Buono enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working out, reading and running Half Marathons.
Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 09/09/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Angela

Buono Law Group, APC
2918 Fifth Avenue, Suite 108
San Diego, CA, 92103

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Stephanie | December 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledge with Sympathy
We normally are always leery of attorneys and finding the right person to represent us is confusing and many times, we are not their best interest. I contacted Angela for custody difficulties with my ex-husband months before hiring. I was trying to see if I need a lawyer because I believed my ex was mentally abusing my daughter. Angela spend almost an hour telling me my options and was very open and helpful. She gave me useful, solid suggestions without making me feel obligated to retain her services. The second time I contacted her, my ex was abusive towards my daughter during Covid shutdown and I was trying to get full custody . I was attempting to file a restraining order by myself. Angela and her team worked on it last minute to ensure that my restraining order went through successfully and laid the ground work for full custody. Afterwards, she also gave me different options to proceed. Now, my daughter is back with her father with half custody and things are going very well. This is a success story. Does Angela's team knowledgeable and can get things done? Of course, but so can other attorneys, right?. What makes Angela and her team so different is the support and sympathy they gave when we are stressed, confused and scared. They are genuine and compassionate, the bed side manner we all need when we are in pain and scared. I have used other lawyers, one of the top ones in San Diego during my divorce and honestly, he was very basic and treated me like a small fish. He gave no suggestions, very casual towards my case. And also very expensive!! I am so fortunate to have Angela fight for me and have recommended her to my coworkers. Without any doubt, whenever and if I ever need any services, etc, I will not hesitate to call Angela and her team.
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Posted by Myra | September 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer with integrity focused on Client’s needs
Angela was recommended by a colleague when I needed help the most. When it comes to your kids, everyone wants someone who is knowledgeable and aggressive when needed. Angela took my case and hit the ground running. I remember after one of my court hearings we were stopped by a couple who were looking for representation and asked for her number because of how well she handled my case. I knew I had someone special on my side and was able to get the outcome I wanted. Then fast forward to 3 years later when I was in need of help again with a different case and knew I needed Angela to represent me. Angela is professional, compassionate, works hard and strategically, and is always available when you need to communicate something about your case. She did not nickel and dime me for every little thing like some other lawyers I had to deal with that also made me feel like I was wasting their time and had to terminate their services. I’m blessed to have had Angela recommended to me and now I too highly recommend Angela to anyone looking for a lawyer that practices Family Law.
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Posted by Daniel | September 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair experienced help well balance with reality and practicality
Angela understood what I needed, How to position for it and the best, affordable and expeditious way to get there. She listened to my input and weighed our options as the landscape evolved. In the end she saved me money and achieved a very practical and acceptable settlement.
Posted by Sandra | September 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Making Process Easier...
Angela and her entire team were very professional, efficient during the entire length of my divorce. Angela's kind, yet "to the point" approach to solving every new situation, brought me comfort, and the assurance that everything was going to be okay. I could not have chosen anyone better, Thank you!
Posted by Meredith | September 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, dedicated, effective attorney
Angela Buono is a phenomenal family law attorney. She was an experienced, knowledgable and effective resource throughout my divorce proceedings. Her level of expertise made me feel very comfortable with and confident in the process and outcome; I knew I was in great hands. I cannot recommend Angela more highly.
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than 5 stars!
Angela Buono has been my attorney for many years. She was able to ease my mind with a mess of a custody case that eventually led to obtaining a restraining order and has continued as my attorney to date. She and staff are meticulously organized and always on top of every detail, motions, proceedings etc. Tom, at the front desk is always so helpful, warm and welcoming. He helps melt a bit of the stress away with his wonderful energy. Ms. Buono is incredibly knowledgeable in her craft. She is the one to hire! I will continue to retain her for many years to come!
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Posted by Amber | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Yellow Brick Road
Angela and her staff were amazing dealing with my divorce. They helped me in every way and were emotionally supportive. During the ordeal I felt very comfortable sharing the issues I was going through and they were there for me as friends. I would highly recommend anyone who needs help as I did to Angela and her staff.
Posted by Josh | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great resource!
Obviously no one wants to find themselves in the position of needing an attorney. But for those needing a family law attorney, Attorney Buono is outstanding. I was stressed out, overwhelmed and concerned. Angela's entire team made this process simple. She explained the process clearly and articulated my options. She was always available to talk to me when I needed her. I was in good hands from the time I first called the office until my case was resolved. Shout out to the entire team at Buono Law Group, I was highly impressed and grateful I had them on my side.
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Posted by Alex | September 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch, personalized service at its best
I selected this firm after suddenly being asked for a divorce and after watching another complex one successfully managed by this legal team. Every step of the way my stress was lowered, I was kept informed as to what to expect or what was happening in real time. I felt truly respected and supported by the entire staff. Recently an immediate family member needed a referral, and I walked her in to the office and felt fully confident she was in good hands. Plus, it was great to see these folks again!
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Posted by Nicole | March 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
Angela was a welcome change from attorneys I've worked with in the past. She helped me through the process of receiving 100% legal and physical custody of my 15 year old daughter. I feel that she is very fair and reasonable with her billing. She also took the time to listen and understand the situation between my daughter and her dad. She always found an easy and quick solution that worked for both sides. I appreciate her attentiveness and professionalism and have already referred a few friends to her since working with her. Thank you!
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Posted by Sherry | February 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Painless
Angela and her team made me feel confident and at ease from the first time I met them. They returned every phone call and every email with my many questions. I had told Angela that I wanted my divorce to be fair and amicable and that was exactly how she carried out out settlement meeting. She fought for me and advised me in matters that were completely over my head. In my case, we were able to settle a 30 year marriage in 2 hours. She was nice, fair, firm yet not aggressive toward my former spouse. She was sensitive to my concerns of facing him and found a way to keep me comfortable in the other room while she negotiated a settlement between us. In my current circumstances I could not afford to pay him anything. Working with his attorney, she found a way for me not to pay anything yet receive a nice settlement to start a small nest egg. The next day, when I had to talk to my former husband it was sincerely amicable. Thank you Angela and your Rockstar team for my case Tom and Natalia. You all changed my life for the better.
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Posted by Mon | December 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight to the point and decent charges - Very much attention to important details
I hired Angela at the beginning of my divorce....... as my divorce took different turns and as I had to thought I needed a different fighter - I hired a new and expensive lawyer. Time proves me that Angela is the best so I had hire her again after few years apart. Angela very personal, her office is very professional. If you are in any doubt which lawyer to choose, you landed in the right option here. I am very happy and satisfied customer. She knows the law very well. She knows how to convince the judges very well.
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Posted by Cindy | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent !!!!!
Angela has always demonstrated to genuinely want to help and care about my child and his needs. She guided me through what has been a very difficult custody case, my only regret was not acquiring her services when our custody issues started. I can finally say that thanks to her dedication, guidance and support, my child will now be in a stable home environment and where he needed to be. Her staff (Tom her assistant) is wonderful and always answered all of my questions. I would 100% recommend her to anyone needing custody, child support and family law guidance.
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Posted by James | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Angela helped me save my relationship with my son after I moved to NJ. My childs mother wouldnt follow the order or allow me to visit my son. Thankfully Angela was able to show the courts what had been going on and I assumed physical custody of my son, thank you Angela!!!
Posted by Mark | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledge is Power
I contacted Angela Buono after receiving a referral from the law office of David Siegel. Upon my initial consultation I instantly recognized that she was extremely adept in her field and there was no doubt that I would hire her to represent me. I hired Angela Buono and worked in tandem with her on my legal matter. Angela has a sharp mind and is a get to the bottom line thinker. Throughout the process she exemplified attentiveness, courtesy, sensitivity and balanced it all with a direct approach. She responded to and communicated with me regarding all aspects of my case. During the more difficult and emotional moments she was a reassuring force. Ultimately I knew that regardless of the final outcome I was being represented by a top notch attorney. In my estimation she is a leader in her field of law. Before commenting on the successful goals we reached in my case I want to acknowledge Angela's staff in her office. Her associate Nathalia added relevant input contributing to a positive outcome for me and my family. I felt she was a major asset to the team. Tom at the desk consistently demonstrated professionalism, clear communication and a genuine kindness throughout my case, particularly during pivotal times. He was a definitive difference maker. The expert, diligent, professional, time consuming, pin point focus and hard work of Angela Buono led to an extremely pleasing settlement. The investment made in her and her office would be made again in the blink of an eye. I am extremely grateful for her counsel. I unequivocally would retain her services again if necessary, and whole heartedly recommend her to anyone that wants to ensure that they are represented by the best.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Honest attorney and will fight for your rights!
Angela is in my opinion the only honest family attorney in San Diego. I had other attorneys they were charging me so much for nothing. Angela took care of my child custody case and I saw right away how the other party stopped with all the BS. Angela is always there for you fighting for your rights.
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Family Law Attorney.
I am so happy I was connected to Angela's profile on AVVO. She was compassionate, sharp and very professional and gave me the voice I needed. In my case, she was able to obtain the custody and visitation agreement I wanted and keep my divorce proceeding ontrack so it did not take a crazy amount of time.
Posted by Pauline | November 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Law Attorney
I had met with several other Family Law attorneys to represent me, however I didn't feel they understood my frustrations or even cared. Then I was lucky to meet Angela Buono who, from the get go, seemed most sincere, caring and professional. I was very impressed with how Angela represented me in family court and even got my ex to pay for all my attorney fees. I highly recommend Angela Buono for any family law issues.
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Posted by Ralph | January 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Angela was recommended highly by our estate planning attorney to assist us with a divorce. The case went on for over a year and every time the other side came after us for more money, Angela successfully defended against their attacks and in the end we ended up with a settlement far better than we originally hoped for. Angela's level of knowledge and expertise in the field were instrumental in our final settlement and we couldn't have done it without her. She always looked our for our interests and while emotions flared during the case, she remained level headed and on task, steering us in the right direction. Thank you Angela!
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Posted by Gwendolyn | June 30, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Complimentary consult with Angela Buono
I received Ms. Buono's contact number through the union, I work at Vons. A co-worker suggested I see who the union recommended. I am grateful to him for that tip :) When I finally got in touch with her, and her firm, I was able to quickly make an appt with her to speak by phone. Since my situaion had a time crunch, she offered to speak with on my lunch break, a day before my next mediation. Great! I was able to fax information to her and send an emial or two. When we did talk, I was impressed with her understanding of my case, divorce mediation, where I had concerns about spousal support. She handled the entire conversation so well. So strong and assertive, knowledgable, thorough, gave great examples and made complete sense to me. She was generous with her time. She offered as much as she possibly could in the time we had, and I felt a connetion with her, which felt amazing to me. I felt supported by this strong woman. She empowered me, no doubt about it!!! Yes, I would hire her in a heartbeat, if I need to, and yes, I will definitely recommend her to anyone I meet who may need legal advice as I did. She is awesome!!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Buono Law Group, APC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Law Office of Buono & Brumer, APC
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Rhonda A. Dowdy
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Paralegal
  • Law Offices of Rhonda A. Dowdy
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Extern
  • Family Law Facilitator
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Pro Bono Legal Intern
  • San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • The Law Office of Sandler, Lasry, Laube, Byer, and Valdez
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Legal Intern
  • The Law Office of Joseph Barr and Associates
  • 2002 - 2002
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • International Advisory Experts (IAE Group)
  • Family Law for California
  • 2020 - Present
  • BNI - Inland North County
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Rancho Santa Fe Business and Professional Women's Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Church of Saint Luke, El Cajon, CA.
  • Pastoral Council Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • San Diego County Bar Association, New Lawyer Division
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 30 Matrimonial and Family Law
  • The National Advocates
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best 2017 - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Top 10%
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Notable Networker
  • BNI - Inland North County
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Wiley Manuel Law Foundation
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • BNI Weekly Meeting
  • How we make a difference in our Family Law Practice
  • 2016
  • BNI - Weekly Meeting
  • Family Law Issues
  • 2015
  • BNI - Weekly Meeting
  • Hot Topics in Family Law
  • 2015
  • BNI Weekly Meeting
  • Why You Need a Family Law Attorney
  • 2014
  • BNI Weekly Meeting
  • Popular Myths in Family Law
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (6)
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Angela is an intelligent hard working, dedicated, and compassionate attorney. Respected by clients and peers in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Buono has been opposing counsel on some of my family law matters. She is an excellent advocate for her clients and has a genuine interest in attempting to resolve disputes between parties, to the extent possible, rather than unnecessarily running up legal fees. She is a professional in and out of the courtroom. I highly recommend Ms. Buono."
Family Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Angela was a great pleasure to work with on a very high conflict case. She is efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly. She cares about her clients and is a creative problem solver. She is willing to compromise when warranted, and willing to stand her ground when needed."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Angela on a fairly contentious case. Angela was friendly and reasonable throughout the process even when the clients were not. I was always confident that Angela appropriately advised her client which in the end brought us to a full settlement. Angela was a pleasure to work with and to be around. I look forward to our next case together."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Angela is a fierce advocate for her clients. Although willing to litigate cases when necessary, Angela will also remain open to settlement when she knows it benefits her client. I endorse Angela's work ethic and work product."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Angela... What can I say to do her justice? She is an excellent attorney who deeply cares about her clients. Although I could go on and on, I'll give one recent example separating her from other family law attorneys. She recently helped a client save in the tens of thousands of dollars based on an error an previous attorney had made on their case (mistakes happen and i'm sure the other attorney didn't intentionally make the error). Angela never mentioned the attorney's name nor would she ever. She simply helped this client out. This is who Angela is and what she represents. Highly recommend."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Angela is a great lawyer and a great person. She brings years of experience to her practice which is invaluable for efficient and effective representation of her clients in the family courts. I highly recommend her!"
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Angela is an excellent family law attorney, strong litigation skills. I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A great attorney who is well versed in family law."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Maintains professionalism while advocating for her client. She is very knowledgeable and was always well prepared."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Angela for almost a decade now, since we attended law school together. Angela is a top notch and dedicated family law attorney who works very hard for her clients. She is aggressive, thorough, and knows exactly what to do in order to get the best results possible. I frequently confer with her on complicated cases and I have always found her advice to be spot on. She is a true professional and a great family law attorney."
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San Diego Child support Lawyer Angela Gochenour Buono
Angela Gochenour Buono
Child support Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 14 years
Free Consultation