Steven has been licensed to practice law in California since June 2000 and has been practicing family law since 2004. He is an experienced and strong trial attorney that has litigated all aspects of divorce and family law matters such as: child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), division of assets and debts, high asset divorces, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, move-away cases, and paternity matters. Steven also has the reputation of being a strong negotiator and is able to resolve and settle many complex family law issues and cases. He is also a proponent of mediation and has assisted numerous parties in resolving their family law disputes through mediation rather than litigation. Due to the proximity to Camp Pendleton, military divorce has been a significant part of Steven’s practice. He has the knowledge and experience regarding the many issues that arise in a military divorce. Steven also has experience in Probate Court regarding guardianships.
Steven is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in family law. As a certified specialist, Steven has demonstrated a high level of experience in the field of family law and has been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his work. Steven is also appointed by the Court in San Diego to represent minor children in some family law matters.
Prior to starting the Law Office of Steven L. Fritsch, Esq., Steven was the senior associate for eight years for a prominent family law firm in Oceanside, California. He also was an associate for a business litigation firm in La Jolla, CA and an associate for a Carlsbad real estate litigation firm before focusing primarily on family law. Since many divorces involve a spouse’s business and real estate issues, the knowledge he gained as an associate attorney in these other areas of law is invaluable to his family law practice.
Steven obtained his law degree from California Western School of Law. At California Western he received the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award for obtaining the highest grade in Anti-Trust law. He also was awarded the Wiley Pro Bono Award for his legal work with “Save the Bay” and other environmental law work and was voted by his peers to serve as a representative for the Student Bar Association. Steven received a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Law and a Criminal Justice Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steven is member of the State Bar of California and the North County Bar Association. Outside of law, Steven’s interests are in competitive sports which he has participated in his entire life.