A divorce is the end of your marriage or domestic partnership. Divorce can be an emotional, difficult and stressful time in your life.
Legal custody determines who will make decisions on behalf of the child. In joint legal custody, the parents will share in the decision making.
Paternity actions involve parents who were never married to each other when the child was born.
Long Beach Divorce Attorney Brenda F. Fizer predominantly practices Family Law. She has 22 years of experience in the legal field. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with the University of Southern Mississippi. While employed as a full-time Court clerk and mother, Ms. Fizer was admitted into a semi-scholarship law program with Pacific Coast University School of Law in Long Beach, California, where she earned her Juris Doctor.
After serving the public for many years in the Superior Court of California, Divorce Attorney Fizer opened her law firm in the city of Los Alamitos, where she has been practicing law since 2007. She has assisted many individuals in her community with legal matters in the most effective and sensitive ways. She understands that individuals involved in legal proceedings are most likely under pressure and emotional distress. Her experience in working at the Superior Court of California has given her vast knowledge and an “upper edge” in complex legal proceedings.
Many clients have come to Long Beach Divorce Attorney Fizer for legal services because they know they can count on her to give the most sincere, confidential, and professional representation. More importantly, Ms. Fizer’s clients recommend her by word of mouth, and the vast majority of Ms. Fizer’s cases come from referrals. For this reason alone, Ms. Fizer should be your only choice when it comes to Family Law in Long Beach.
Divorce (also known as dissolution of marriage) is the formal, legal ending of a marriage by the court. A divorce ends your legal relationship as spouses. People are going through a divorce experience one of the most challenging times in their lives. Emotions are high, and life as they knew it would never be the same again. Our offices try to effectuate divorce proceedings by minimizing stress and conflict as best as possible.
To commence a divorce, one spouse (Petitioner) must file a summons and petition for dissolution of marriage with the court. If children are involved, there are additional documents that must be filed. In order to file for a divorce in California, one party must have been a resident of the State of California for at least six months and have resided in the county for at least three months. The dissolution papers also ask if the Petitioner is seeking custody, child support, spousal support, or property distribution. Once all of the relative dissolution documents have been filed with the court, the Petitioner must serve the other party.
Once the petition is filed, it must be legally served on the other spouse. The other spouse will have the opportunity to respond and state whether he or she agrees or disagrees with the dissolution papers. Once the other spouse has been served, he or she has 30 days to respond. The responding spouse now becomes the Respondent. The other spouse (Respondent) must file the responding documents with the court and serve a copy on the other party.
The parties will then have to provide financial disclosures to each other, detailing all of their assets and debts. These financial disclosures will also be filed with the court. These documents may be used as a foundation to structure a fair settlement. However, if the case doesn't settle, it will proceed to trial. It may take a case many months to get to trial. When it does, each party will have the opportunity to produce evidence and testimony regarding the issues being decided. You will need a good attorney to help you through this process. We at the Fizer Law Firm are ready to help you with all your legal needs
California is a no-fault state. Therefore, neither party has to state who's at fault in the divorce as it will be based upon irreconcilable differences. California is also a community property state. That means that everything acquired after marriage is subject to equal division at the time of divorce.
Divorce may entail the division of property, custody, and visitation of your children, child, and spousal support and other sensitive matters. Divorce proceedings can be difficult, stressful, and painful for the parties and more so for any children involved. When you are going through a divorce, you need a sensitive yet aggressive attorney to fight for your rights. The attorneys at our firm handle cases patiently, calmly, and strongly. Fizer Law Firm can help you deal with your divorce and family law needs.
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Ms. Fizer, is an excellent attorney! I was able to accomplish the divorce with 50-50 joint legal and physical custody. Child support payments were established based on 50-50 joint legal and physical custody. I am completely satisfied.
Michael L Brent
I hired this attorney to represent me in a divorce. She was great and came highly recommend by a friend. She was very aggressive in the courtroom. I felt like she really fought for my rights. I was extremely happy with the results. I also thanked my friend for recommending her. A first rated attorney indeed.
Posted by Juan April 27, 2012
She was just a class act. She handled my divorce with sensitivity. She is very agressive in court and knows her way around the court system. I found her very knowledgeable and all around great.
Posted by Anonymous March 27, 2011
Brenda Fizer is a great attorney with morals and values. I've have known Brenda for over 5 years with her representing my family law case favorably, yet with compassion. She was always willing to answer my questions and go above and beyond to make sure I was well informed of rights, options and possible scenarios both good and bad. She is honest! She never wasted my money, and always sought what would be best for me as her client. Brenda made sure that I was prepared and addressed all possible scenarios before court appearances. She has good relationships within the courts and is able to navigate well.
During my divorce/custody case she showed compassion and offered sound advice for sustainability with the custody portion and overall divorce process. She has experience with a vast number of cases and it shows in the courtroom with the way she manages the Judge and opposing Counsel. Although she is kind and compassionate with clients, she has a fiery yet professional disposition in the courtroom which prevails. Her thoroughness and attention to detail was critical in cases where my Ex was attempting to get money from me. Brenda fights hard, because her confidence, passion and heart is to help people and it is obvious in her work. This demeanor and level of humanity is extremely helpful when dealing with ugly court battles. I HIGHLY recommend Brenda for legal needs and guidance!