San Diego Divorce Lawyer

The San Diego family law attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, are committed to providing high-quality, aggressive, and effective representation for our clients. We are ready to mediate by being willing to litigate.

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Firm Overview

The Family Law Attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel have built a reputation on settling family law disputes quickly and effectively. We offer high quality, personalized legal services to all of our clients. Our staff of qualified and experienced family law attorneys can help you cope with and resolve your family's legal matters, no matter how complex they may be.

Our law firm focuses on several different aspects of family law, ranging from divorce to child adoption. We can provide aggressive representation and put forth strong arguments when needed, and for other cases, we can offer knowledgeable and helpful mediation. No matter what your situation may be, we will always stand by your side.

The family law attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel have the experience and qualifications necessary to help you with your circumstances. If you are currently engaged in a difficult family situation, then we can provide you with dependable and compassionate legal services. Contact us today by calling 760-722-7646.


Family Law Practice Areas

The family lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel have ample experience in handling divorce and family law cases. We are all in good standing with the California State Bar, the San Diego County Bar Association, the San Diego North County Bar Association, and are esteemed members of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Inn of Court.

We have the experience necessary to provide you what we believe is the best service in the following areas:

Divorce
Child Custody
Alimony
Domestic Violence
Enforcement Actions
Child Support
Separation Agreements
Prenuptial Agreements
Mediation
Adoption
Paternity Issues
Estate Planning
Juvenile Dependency

Call us today at 760-722-7646 to speak with a capable family and divorce lawyer about the legal options available to you.

Main Office

Fischer & Van Thiel LLP
2424 Vista Way Suite 200
Oceanside  CA  92054

Phone
  • (760) 722-7646
Fax
  • (760) 722-7648

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday thru Friday 8:00 -5:00

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Child Custody
At Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, we are passionately committed to helping divorcing parents to reach a custody solution that serves the best interests of the child, whatever that may entail.
A divorce can be emotionally difficult and legally complicated even in the simplest of cases. But when there are biological or adopted children involved, child custody issues can be some of the most challenging issues to resolve. Parents often disagree on who should be the primary caretaker, or on how often the non-custodial parent should care for the children. The court attempts to make arrangements that are in the best interests of the child, while at the same time keeping in mind the needs and wants of each parent.

At Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, we are passionately committed to helping divorcing parents to reach a custody solution that serves the best interests of the child, whatever that may entail. For assistance with your child custody case, contact the San Diego child custody and visitation attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, at 760-722-7646.


Cases We Handle:

Our knowledgeable San Diego child custody and visitation attorneys are experienced in a wide range of child custody and divorce issues, specifically those that deal with:

Modifications to Visitation Agreements
Enforcing Visitation Agreements

In cases where the parents continue to reside in the same area after a divorce, children typically reside primarily with one parent and spend certain days or nights with the other parent. In other cases, a child may spend the academic year with one parent and summers or holidays with the other. At Fischer & Van Thiel, we understand the kinds of concerns that parents commonly share and the difficulties of deciding the residency and visitation of your children. You can rely on us to work hard to pursue the custody agreement that suits your case.

Divorce
At Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, we understand how delicate family law matters can be. We have dedicated our firm and to providing experienced and compassionate service to our clients, negotiating fair agreements by being prepared to litigate if needed.
At Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, our experienced San Diego divorce attorneys are dedicated to helping people who are going through the divorce process. Whichever side you are on and whatever the conditions of your divorce, we may be able to help you get the terms and conditions you need.

Our dedicated attorneys have combined decades of experience helping people in your position obtain the lives they want. Whether you are interested in traditional divorce, mediation, or simplified divorce, we would like to discuss your case with you in more detail. Please contact one of the compassionate San Diego divorce lawyers at Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, today by calling 760-722-7646.


How We Can Help.

Whatever the circumstances of your marriage, we may be able to help. We have built a reputation for compassion, experience, and dedication, and we may be able to work with you if your divorce case involves any of the following:

Contested Divorce
Uncontested Divorce
Mediated Divorce
Collaborative Divorce
Simplified Divorce
Divorce for Men
Divorce for Women
Military Divorce

At Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, we are dedicated to helping people get the lives they want. Whatever your circumstances, we would like to discuss your needs with you in more detail.

Military Divorce
The Oceanside divorce attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, understand the unique circumstances faced by military personnel and their spouses.

If you’re one of the men and women serving your country in the military, divorce can seem like a particularly difficult process. Your marriage may be complicated by issues not normally faced by civilian divorces, because of the unique circumstances involved in being active duty, guard, reserve, or retired military personnel. The San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel can help.


The Complications of a Military DivorceThere are certain things that make a military divorce more involved than a civilian divorce. Because of these complications, it’s important to be aware that it may take longer for a divorce involving a military couple. An active duty assignment in a far-flung part of the world, or residency at a permanent base overseas can make a divorce even more complicated than it already is.


Where Do I File for Divorce?

One of the biggest concerns surrounding a military divorce is in which state to file. Because service personnel often serve on overseas bases or in war zones, it may not be immediately apparent where you should file for divorce. There are a few different options, and the San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel can help you decide which is best for you. You can choose to file for divorce in:

The state where you reside.
The state where the military member is stationed.
The state in which the military member claims legal residency.

Your divorce will be subject to the state divorce laws in the state in which you file. The terms of child support, property division, and child custody will be determined by these state laws.


The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act

A divorcing service couple needs to be aware of not only the rules pertaining to a regular divorce, but also the unique laws which pertain to a divorce involving the military. Like a civilian divorce, you will have to be concerned with the divorce laws in the state in which you’re getting a divorce, but also with the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA), a federal law passed in 1982 which applies to all active duty, reserve, guard, and retired military.

Under the USFSPA, the spouse of a serviceman or woman can be awarded up to 50% of the retired military pay, or up to 65% with child support. The USFSPA was drafted to provide for formers spouses who had loyally supported their husband or wife’s military career.

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer is a licensed California attorney licensed to practice in both state and federal court. Mr. Fischer has handled hundreds of contested and uncontested family law matters. He is known for his ability to guide his clients through the tumultuous processes of family court in an aggressive yet compassionate manner.

Mr. Fischer graduated Cum Laude from Saint Joseph
License
  • Bar Number: 238031
    California , 2005

Craig Van Thiel

Craig Van Thiel is a licensed California attorney specializing in family law matters for over eight years. Specializing in complex family law matters, Mr. Van Thiel has built a reputation for bringing even the most complex family law matters to a just and cost efficient resolution.

Mr. Van Thiel Graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a bachelor

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