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Carmen Elena Ramos

Divorce and separation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
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Carmen E. Ramos is originally from New York, but landed in San Diego in 1981 and considers herself a native San Diegan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. After a 17 year stint in restaurant management, she decided to go to law school. She received her juris doctor from California Western School of Law, and passed the bar on her first attempt.

From 1994 to 1998, Carmen excelled in her role as Deputy District Attorney with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. She gained a tremendous amount of experience and demonstrated excellent work – evidenced by daily court appearances and by spearheading thirteen jury trials.

Since leaving the DA’s office, Carmen’s practice has focused exclusively on family law. In 2005, the State Bar of California certified her as a Family Law Specialist.

Carmen has practiced law for nearly thirty years and is widely acknowledged in the family law community as a highly respected litigator. She communicates clearly and educates her clients, so they are fully prepared and understand each step they take towards the resolution of their family law matter. She identifies and anticipates the strengths and weaknesses of her cases, and those of the other party, and plans accordingly. She understands that each client is unique and that their issues matter. Carmen is professional, realistic and focuses on the needs of her clients.

Carmen hails from Puerto Rico and is fluent in the Spanish language. She loves cooking Puerto Rican food like mofongo, and spending quality time with her terrific terrier mix, Cassie.


Cage & Miles, LLP
16644 W. Bernardo Drive
Ste 201
San Diego, CA, 92127

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Posted by Mildred | April 27, 2019
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I am very pleased with Ms. Ramos service. Her knowledge, responsiveness and trustworthiness. She kept you informed always. That is the reason of my 5 stars overall rating.
Posted by chris | March 5, 2016
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Divorce & Child Custody
"In the courtroom Carmen is incredibly prepared and a top notch negotiator. In the arena where the best lawyer wins and put simply "we won with Ramos". It's no wonder she is one of San Diego's best. Carmen came highly recommended and is someone I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2015
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Top Attorney!
If you want an intelligent, dedicated attorney that knows family law, then Carmen Ramos should be at the top of your list. Carmen knows family law and is able to stand up against any law firm in San Diego. My case had an exceptional outcome due to Carmen's work. I've referred business to her and will continue to do so.
Posted by chris | January 24, 2015
Divorce with an unreasonable X
Carmen Ramos is a former D.A. and is currently practicing family law at Beatrice Snider’s firm. It is an honor to have Carmon represent us with integrity in Court; Carmon demands respect for what is right and true. My fiance's X dragged out the proceedings with petty issues and distorted facts - he even dragged me into their divorce in the name of " best interest for the children"? Carmen kept our case on track as the opposing side bombarded my fiancé with the petty nastiness that you only see on the extreme Jerry Springer shows. Carmen explained the difficulties of the family law process in simple terms while providing insight and strategies that only come from being an experienced D.A. We could not be more pleased with Carmen. If you have a difficult child custody/divorce case with unreasonable opposition, Carmon will bring reason and peace to your lives.
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Posted by Alan | December 13, 2014
Excellent divorce attorney
I went through a most difficult divorce in the last two years. My ex fought me every way, trying to delay the process to prevent me from "leaving:, and trying to get more than her fair share of the community assets to "punish me" for leaving her. My ex made threats to bring me and my co-workers harm. Carmen helped me through the whole filing process, filing for divorce and a temporary restricting order at the same time. On the TRO, Carmen was able to help me keep my vicious ex away from me for 18 months, On the dissolution of marriage, Carmen recommended using a private judge to "expedite" the process. We started with asking the private judge to "mediate". At the mediation session, the judge told me that this a simply case, all the assets are clearly stated, my employment and income are simple, and we should be able to get a settlement "at the end of today". After the private judge met with my ex, he called me in and apologize for failing to mediate a settlement because my ex refused to settle. That was 18 months ago. That's how difficult the case was. There were many challenges and complications along the way. Carmen and her team were really engaged, always with the best advice, and always keeping the momentum going on such a long case. The bottom line is I got the fair settlement I sought from the beginning. My ex was not successful in trying to pin any wrong doing on me because of Carmen's strategy and execution, not that there was any wrong doing on my part, but when you are bombarded constantly with various unsubstantiated accusations, you just wonder how you can defend yourself, but Carmen and her did just did a wonderful job with all that. I am convinced that I had the best possible results in my TRO and divorce because I had the right attorney.
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Posted by Mark | April 3, 2013
Review for Divorce Case
This woman totally gets it. She has an (especially) amazing command of the financial ramifications and nuances involved in settling a divorce case. She was able to swiftly summarize for me (and a more junior lawyer at the firm who was handling my post-nup at the time) the balance sheet issues that pertained to the agreement I was attempting to establish with my then-wife. I returned to become her client when I found it necessary to file for dissolution. She handled my case with care, compassion, and business professionalism, bringing a considerable degree of strategic acumen to swiftly wrap-up my case quite favorably. In addition, she was an excellent steward of my finances and executed with considerable efficiency that I thought uncharacteristic of this business. She is sensitive, but businesslike. Her command of the legal system as it relates to cases that are referential to one's own are exemplary. She is the total package. I would recommend her services time and again.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Cage & Miles, LLP
  • 2023 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC
  • 2002 - 2023


  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Marymount College (Bronx, NY)
  • N/A


  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • San Diego Daily Transcript
  • 2015
  • San Diego County's Top Law Firms
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2006
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Western State Alumni MCLE Program
  • Paternity Issues
  • N/A

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Divorce and separation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Her experience is second to none, and her attentiveness to ensuring progress on cases saves her clients time and money."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
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San Diego Divorce and separation Lawyer Carmen Elena Ramos
Carmen Elena Ramos
Divorce and separation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 30 years