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Welcome to our Website! Family Law, Divorce & Estate Planning Attorneys

Oceanside Law Office
2424 Vista Way Suite 200 Oceanside, CA 92054

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Business Hours:
Mon – Fri 8 am – 5 pm
Sat & Sun – Closed

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(760) 722-7646
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Family Law Lawyers and Services in Oceanside

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP provides Family Law Legal Representation from Adoption & Child Support to Divorce, Spousal Support, and Domestic Violence. Our Top Family Law Attorneys are Compassionate about protecting Your Rights and the Best Interests of our Client’s Families in Oceanside California and the nearby surrounding areas.

Video Consultations for Your Convenience

The Needs of our Clients have changed with the Covid-19 Virus Epidemic and we have made it easier for face to face Legal Consults through the use of Video Technology available on most of today’s Mobile Smartphones.  If you can GoToMeeting or Zoom, we can too!  Give us a call for a Phone Consult or to Schedule a Video Consult Today.

Don't Let Domestic Violence Control Your Family. Our Lawyers are Here to Help.

You and Your Family’s Protection and Safety is always the goal of our Domestic Violence Family Law Attorneys. When Enforcement Actions are necessary or Restraining Orders are not adhered to, we have the Law on Your Side. Let Fischer & Van Thiel’s Legal Team help you out of a difficult situation.

The Best Child Custody Lawyers in Oceanside

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP provides Decades of Combined Family Law Counsel Experience dedicated to Your Family throughout the Child Custody, Child Support, and Child Visitation Legal Process during and after Divorce is final.

Compassionate Family Divorce Mediation. Private & Confidential.

Providing Knowledgeable Divorce Legal Guidance and Skilled Mediation Representation for You and Your Family is always the goal of our Family Law Attorneys.  Divorce Mediation is a Top Priority to help you avoid Court Litigation Fees and to help you successfully settling outside of the Court Room which is generally best for all parties.

Oceanside Family Law & Divorce Attorneys You Can Trust

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Every legal issue can be contentious and emotions tend to run the highest when dealing with family-related legal matters, especially going to Family Court’s Legal Process, and after the Final Divorce Decree.

Resolving issues can be challenging because California is a “no-fault divorce” State so emotions reduce the “divorcee’s” and “divorcer’s” ability to cooperate.

Fortunately, a skilled Family Law Divorce & Mediation Lawyer can alleviate some of the anxiety and stress that a family-related legal dispute may cause.

At Fischer & Van Thiel, we offer compassionate representation to clients who are dealing with various legal issues, including divorce, child support, child custody, alimony, and Serving Divorce Papers among others.

Trust our Top Family Law Attorneys near you in Oceanside (San Diego County) to manage the complexities of your case so you can focus solely on reaching your goals and moving on in your life.

To schedule your complimentary consultation with the Best Divorce Lawyers in Oceanside, CA, call Fischer & Van Thiel at (760) 722-7646 or contact us.

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Frequently Asked Family Law Questions (FAQs)

Are Your Family Law Divorce, Child Custody & Mediation Services Available?

Yes, Absolutely!  Although the San Diego County and local Oceanside Family Court System is closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown, the Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP Family Law Firm is up, running, and are available for complimentary consultations including mediation services with you via phone, email or virtual meeting.

You can reach us by phone at (760) 722-7646 or by our Contact Us form for a consultation request and you can even schedule a Video Conference. It is totally up to you, but just know that we are here and ready to help you and your family through these difficult times.

Can a Parent Withhold a Child during the COVID-19 Shelter in place?

The straight forward answer is Yes. All child custody and visitation orders that are already in place remain in full force and effect.

The Courts encourage parents to work together collaboratively, even during the COVID-19 Pandemic, to ensure that they are acting in the best interest of the minor children's health, safety, and sharing the rights and responsibilities of raising their children.

You want to ensure that you follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and the Governor’s orders meaning that you are limiting the possibility of exposure to your children and your family.  Read More

Do I need a Divorce Lawyer to File for Divorce?

The simple answer is no, you do not need a Divorce Attorney to File for Divorce, but knowing how to file for divorce with the associated divorce paperwork is not necessarily overly complicated for an uncontested divorce.

Divorcees and divorcers do not usually see the emotional responses that arise when negotiating Child Custody, Child Support, Marital Property Division, and many other issues that you could run into if you do not have an experienced Family Law Divorce Attorney representing your best interests should you Divorce Case move to a Family Law Divorce Court.

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP's best legal advice is to start a complimentary consultation with one of our Oceanside Family Law Divorce Lawyers to learn your legal rights and options to proceed with your potential divorce.

How do I find an Affordable Divorce Lawyer Near Me?

Finding an Affordable Divorce Lawyer near you is sometimes a difficult question, as the answer is not straight forward.

Your solution may be to do an Internet search for something like: 'Best Divorce Attorney Near Me in Oceanside CA', if you live in Oceanside, California, but this isn't truly accurate to the abilities of the Family Law Firms that you will find in a "Near Me" Search.

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP's advice would be to also do your own research into these Lawyers and Attorneys individually through Client Reviews on their websites, on other Legal Association Business Directories, and Social Media to get a wider view of the resulting quality of their services.

What is the “6-Month Rule” (Cooling-Off Period) for a California Divorce?

The "6-Month Rule" is known as a "Cooling-Off " Period, and is a mandatory period before the legal status of a marriage can be terminated and the parties deemed divorced.

Family Code § 2339 states in pertinent part, “…no judgment of dissolution is final for the purpose of terminating the marriage relationship of the parties until six months have expired from the date of service of a copy of summons and petition or the date of appearance of the respondent, whichever occurs first”. 

Public policy favors the continuity of marriage, and this six month period is intended to give both parties an opportunity other avenues to divorce like Divorce Mediation Services to be sure their differences are truly irreconcilable and reconciliation is not possible.  Read More

How long does it take to get a Divorce if both Parties Agree in California?

The California Divorce Process will take at least 6-months from the date the person filing for divorce (divorcer) officially lets his or her spouse or domestic partner (divorcee) know about the divorce. Yet, the divorce case can take much longer, but it cannot be faster than the 6 months.

This 6-month divorce finalization period is a mandatory waiting period required by California Law so no couple can be divorced faster than 6 months. You should easily be able to get all your divorce paperwork turned in to the Family Law Court and get your divorce judgment approved, but the divorce itself will not be final until at least 6 months after starting the case.  Read More

Featured Client Testimonial Reviews

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“Thank you, Michael Fischer, you really are great at what you do.”


“Going through a very stressful time Michael Fischer really helped me through it all. He helped me fight my case and took a lot of weight off my shoulders in order to get full custody of my son. He reported back to me all the updates with my case and ended up winning my case!
– Former Client, Oceanside California

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“Thanks, Thomas!”


“He was there every step of the way. Helped make this custody situation a little more bearable. Thank you, Tom and Linda.”
– Maria, Oceanside, CA

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“They’re very dependable, knowledgeable, and experienced.”


“The Fischer & Van Thiel Firm is a great firm. They’re very dependable, knowledgeable, and experienced. I definitely recommend them.”
– Elizabeth G., Oceanside, CA

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“Fischer & Van Thiel is a very knowledgeable office and great to work with!”


– Chelsey G., Oceanside, CA

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“Friendly and knowledgeable — I highly recommend them!”


– Allison O., Oceanside, CA

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“Fischer & Van Thiel is a very knowledgeable office and great to work with!”


– Chelsey G., Oceanside, CA

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“Friendly and knowledgeable — I highly recommend them!”


– Allison O., Oceanside, CA

The Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP Legal Services Team

Craig Van Thiel

Craig Van Thiel

Family Law Attorney & Co-Founder

Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer

Family Law Attorney & Co-Founder

Elizabeth Van Thiel

Elizabeth Van Thiel

Family Law Attorney

Thomas Fischer

Thomas Fischer

Family Law Attorney

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Why Choose Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP

Experienced & Caring Family Law Attorneys


  • Over 57 Years of Combined Legal Practice Experience

  • Available 24/7 By Appointment, Phone & Video Consult

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  • Committed to Protecting Your Rights & Privacy

  • Always Serving You & Your Children’s Best Interests

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Our Experienced and Caring Family Law Legal Staff will help you and your family through the tough times of divorce and other family legal matters. We are a Compassionate Team of Family Law Attorneys near you in Oceanside here to help you get back your happy family. Give us a call for a complimentary consult, you'll be glad you did. We can Help.

Carlsbad, CA Office

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
2100 Palomar Airport Rd Ste 214-18, 
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Ph:   (760) 722-7669

Carlsbad Business Hours:

Mon-Fri:   8am - 5pm
Sat & Sun:   Closed

Oceanside, CA Office

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
2424 Vista Way Suite 200
Oceanside, CA 92054
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Ph: (760) 722-7646

Oceanside Business Hours:

Mon-Fri:   8am - 5pm
Sat & Sun:   Closed

San Marcos, CA Office

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
100 E San Marcos Blvd #400
San Marcos, CA 92069
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San Marcos Business Hours:

Mon-Fri:   8am - 5pm
Sat & Sun:   Closed