San Marcos Family Law Attorneys
(760) 757-6854

About Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP Family Law Firm in San Marcos, CA

Compassionate Family Law Attorneys. Ardent Divorce Law Representation.

Knowledgeable Expertise, Legal Guidance, and Skilled Representation throughout San Marcos & San Diego County.

Mr. Michael Fischer, Esq., Co-Founder


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’s College in Rensselaer Indiana with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing and a minor in Political Science.  

For twenty-two years he oversaw the growth of his photography studio and photo processing laboratory in Soldotna, Alaska as well as owning and operating commercial salmon fishing permit and beach site in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. 

Mr. Fischer’s experience as a business owner uniquely qualifies him to assist his clients through the financial turmoil a separation or dissolution may present.

After experiencing his own very contested divorce, he chose to go back to get his law degree in order to help others going through the unwelcomed experiences of divorce.

Mr. Michael Fischer, Esq., Co-Founder of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP of San Marcos, is a California Attorney licensed to practice in both State and Federal Court. Mr. Fischer has handled hundreds of Family Case Law matters.

Mr. Fischer graduated with a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento California. McGeorge is an American Bar Association accredited school and has been recognized as one of the Top-100 Law Schools in the United States.

Mr. Fischer has raised a daughter who is a successful business person, a son who is a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as currently raising a two-year-old daughter with special needs, and a one-year-old foster child with his wife of seven years.

With his extensive business and financial background and his inimitable life experiences, Mr. Fischer’s uniquely qualified to assist his clients with their family law matters with intelligence empathy and compassion.

Give Michael a call at (760) 722-7646 or Contact him to learn more about our firm or to discuss your case. Michael and his Legal Team are Here to Help You & Your Family get through these tough times to move on to a happier life!

Mr. Craig Van Thiel, Co-Founder


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’s degree in political science. He continued his legal education at the University of San Diego School of Law and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1998.

He has also received a degree in Comparative Criminal Law and International Human Rights from the University of San Diego, Dublin Institute on International and Comparative Law.

Before entering private practice Mr. Van Thiel worked for the State Child Support Enforcement Unit and is uniquely aware of the inner workings of the enforcement unit as well as the complexities of child support establishment and enforcement.

In private practice, Mr. Van Thiel has asserted himself in the North County legal community as an expert in complex family law litigation. Mr. Van Thiel however, prides himself on his ability to bring even the most complex cases to an amicable agreement without the cost of litigation.

Give Craig a call at (760) 722-7646 or Contact him to learn more about our firm or to discuss your case with our team. Craig and his Legal Team are Here to Help You & Your Family get through these tough times to move on to a happier life!

Driven by a Passion for Helping Families


At Fischer & Van Thiel, all of our San Marcos Divorce Attorneys are genuinely passionate about what they do. We recognize the importance of our services and their direct impact on you and your loved ones. Our team truly cares about the outcome of your case.

We take the time to listen to our clients’ stories so that we can guide them through both the emotional and the legal aspects of their case. Each of our lawyers has a different personality and style, so you will be matched with an attorney who can do what is best for you.

Call (760) 722-7646 to schedule your complimentary consult today.

Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP: What We Do For You


As family lawyers, we are prepared to assist you with virtually any kind of dispute or issue your family is facing.

After an in-depth case evaluation – which is free of charge – we’ll help you understand your options and advise you accordingly.

At Fischer & Van Thiel, we are dedicated to serving Southern Californians seeking family law representation. As part of our efforts to connect with people in need, we are proud members of several legal referral services in San Marcos, California.

Our Family Law Attorneys are Involved with the:

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Give us a call at (760) 722-7646 or Contact Us to learn more about our firm or to discuss your case with our team.

The Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP 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

Featured Client Testimonial Reviews

Child Custody Legal Services Review

“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, San Marcos California

Child Custody Legal Services

“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, San Marcos, CA

Divorce Legal Services

“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., San Marcos, CA

Family Law Legal Services

“This office is really good, thanks for everything.”


– Patti A., San Marcos, CA

Divorce & Ongoing Family Law Services

“Friendly and knowledgeable — I highly recommend Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP!”


– Allison O., San Marcos, CA

Family Law Legal Services

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


– Chelsey G., San Marcos, CA

Why Choose Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP

Experienced Family Lawyers Who Care


  • Over 57 Years of Combined Legal Practice Experience

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

  • Complimentary 30 Minute Family Law Consultations

  • Committed to Protecting Your Rights & Privacy

  • Always Serving You & Your Children’s Best Interests

  • Affordable & Friendly Family Law Divorce Lawyers

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San Marcos Law Office
Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP
100 E San Marcos Blvd Ste. 400
San Marcos, CA 92069
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Ph:   (760) 757-6854
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Mon-Fri:   8am - 5pm
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