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Rhonda Diane Ellifritz

Child custody Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Rhonda

Learn Rhonda’s areas of practice.

Licensed since 2000, Rhonda Ellifritz has always focused her practice on Family Law, and is on the Dependency Court Panel.  She serves as Minor's Counsel in Orange County, as appointed by the courts.  Tough but fair, the protection of the client's interest is our #1 priority.

Ms. Ellifritz enjoys a good rapport with judges and staff in the courtroom, and her experience and knowledge of each judge will help you navigate through the maze of divorce successfully, resulting in savings due to spending money only where it makes sense. 

The client is kept apprised of the status of their cases, and active participation is encouraged.  No decision is made without your input.

Ms. Ellifritz offers a free initial consultation of 30 minutes.  Give us a call!!


1600 N. Broadway, Ste 830
Santa Ana, CA, 92706

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Posted by Danielle | March 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate Attorney
I am Rhonda’s actual client and have nothing but great things to say about her. I brought her on to my case in June 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and she was incredibly compassionate and empathetic with my situation. My ex was withholding financial information and after filing my own response and paperwork I realized very quickly that this situation would cause for more than just self representation. He dragged on our proceedings by stating “he didn’t know” on more than one occasion to the judge, filled out his own paperwork incorrectly, didn’t follow court procedures with serving paperwork to my attorney and has in general been very verbally abusive and accusatory in declarations presented to the court that were false and had no relevance to the case further dragging things along. All the while Rhonda has been encouraging and supportive and reminding me of what is actually important to getting things finished. She did not allow me to get caught up in the drama with my ex and instead helped me focus on what mattered most, my kids. She negotiated a very fair custody and visitation agreement that benefitted both parents equally, got us signed up with Our Family Wizard to communicate about the kids, recommended a book on how to interact with each other in our high conflict divorce and even negotiated our financial disagreements in a fair manner. The only real delay in our proceedings were due to Covid related court dates (2020/2021) and then lack of preparedness by my ex who was self represented. Divorce paperwork was filed by my ex in June 2019 and our first original court date wasn’t scheduled until March 2020 which was delayed by Covid until October 2020. CNV was completed in October 2020 and the only thing left were financials which took all of 2021 to get finalized at no fault of Rhonda’s. I am very satisfied and happy with her work and encourage you to give her a call to see if she is the right fit for you. Don’t be swayed by anonymous reviewers pretending to be her clients. She puts your kids first and that’s most important.
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney
She has been my attorney for over two years . She’s very experienced, knowledgeable and professional. She can be very tough in a situation that she needs to be. But she has a very kind and warm personality. She’s been helping me getting through a tough time I’m going through right now. She listens to me in compassion and consults me with her great judgements. Also, she tries to accommodate my needs in various situations. She always tries her best. She really cares about her clients. I highly recommend her. She is the best attorney.
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Posted by Michelle | July 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
If you want a caring attorney, Rhonda is it!
I had Rhonda as my attorney several years ago where she did a great job! Years later, after my husband was arrested for not paying child support and Alimony, he served me a motion to modify support yet again. With such short notice she was unable to actually come to Court but was so sweet she sent me all the necessary documents for court the next day. To boot she ended up showing up at court but missed me by minutes. She is an excellent attorney and I call her my friend!
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Posted by Steven | March 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic attorney!
Rhonda knows what works and what doesn’t. Divorce is super stressful and it’s hard to see clearly. I’ve had moments where I’ve freaked out and wanted to file things out of emotional reactions and Rhonda would warn against it and explain why it wouldn’t work. Once I didn’t listen and it turned out just as she said it would. If you have kids, it makes divorce even tougher as you feel like you’re losing your children. Ms. Ellifritz really cares about kids and the courts only care about the kids as well. The court won’t really care about you or your ex. It’s hard to find a lawyer that truly has your best interest in mind. If you want someone on your team that will work for your best interest (since the court won’t) than this is the attorney for you. She is well respected and you’ll have a better outcome.
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Posted by Mariano | January 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
After an unsatisfied experience with a previous attorney . I was recommended to Rhonda Ellifritz for my case. From the time we consulted to the final judgement I felt more as a family member with her wanting to help, personal, experience, knowledgeable and professional and also willing to be aggressive if needed. Knowing she is a call away if I should have any questions or need her again brings comfort. I highly recommend Rhonda.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Awesome attorney
I was referred to Rhonda by a friend. My previous attorney/attorneys, I felt, took me for a ride. I had to go back to family court to fight over a custody battle, I had reached out to Rhonda, we met at her office and discussed what was at hand. She was very professional at what she does. She doesn’t mess around with all the nonsense or bs. She fights for what is right in the given situation. I was pleased with the outcome and if the situation arises where I need her representation again, I will definitely retain her again!
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Posted by Eric | April 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very experienced and very thorough Family Law attorney
Well Rhonda was my second attorney. After getting ripped off by a local fountain valley firm that did nothing but take my money. I found Rhonda and felt very comfortable with her from the beginning. Not only did she explain everything to me, but she was very thorough and worked very hard in solving my divorce with major child custody issues. The end result was honestly much better than I thought would ever happen to a single father in CALIFORNIA!!! There's no doubt she's one of the best Attorneys out there!
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Posted by Dave B | March 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advise on old divorce - QDRO
Rhonda took her time explaining my options when addressing an old divorce and an un-filed QDRO. Although my options are limited she took the time to ensure I understood all sides of the issue. Would work with her again should the need arise.
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
answered my question professionaly
Very helpful
Posted by mike | October 30, 2014
An excellent Attorney
Rhonda is an extremely good lawyer. She was all over my case down to the last detail. She kept me informed on what was happening with my case and she was very accessible. I did very will in my divorce and custody battle with my ex. I would highly recommend her if you are in need of a family law attorney!
Posted by Kenneth | August 9, 2014
Father getting Divorced and Seeking Custody of the Children - This is the Right Attorney for the Job A++++
Rhonda is very competent as an attorney. She is fair, honest and she really has looked out for my best interests as a client. She has never tried to create extra conflict with me and my ex-wife in pursuit of gouging my pocket book and quite the contrary. Rhonda explained certain scenarios to me so that I didn't go to the poorhouse and still obtain the results I was looking for. She is AGGRESSIVE and has a winning attitude. She was very thorough in our initial consultation and really gave me the confidence that I was going to get to be the father I wanted to be. I'm grateful that I spoke to 4 separate attorneys and was able to finally settle on the best of the best. If you're a Father in search of a happy ending to your custody battle I would not hesitate to work with Rhonda. I'll update my review throughout my process of divorce and custody. Thx Avvo for your awesome site
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Posted by John | May 30, 2013
Excellent Family Law Attorney
She was compassionate, knowledgeable about the family law process and tenacious on getting favorable results. My Divorce lingered for 4.5 years with issues and delays by my Ex’s attorney. After retaining Ms. Ellifritz my divorce was completed and final within two months! I highly recommend Rhonda Ellifritz as a family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2012
Hire her!
Rhonda is amazing. She knows the law for sure. I had a previous lawyer who didn't do half as much for me as she did. Her fees are totally reasonable. I have recommended her to anyone I know having child custody isssues. She doesn't just work for a paycheck. She takes the time to know and care about your case!
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Waste of money
I unfortunately used her for 1.5 weeks and in such a short time, she managed to burn through my retainer fee for useless tasks, mostly, scanning paperwork. She does not have any secretary so she charged her attorney fee to do menial work, like copying and scanning. A major disaster happened after filing for divorce and I quickly realized that she was neither capable nor interested in handling my case. Needless to say, I switched attorneys. She seemed not only uninterested but annoyed that I needed help. Unless you want to spend a lot on your case for no apparent reason, I would not hire her.
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Response from Rhonda Ellifritz January 20, 2019
Not sure you have the right attorney, as you are anonymous. I have never heard a complaint like this from any of my clients.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Family Law Office of Rhonda Ellifritz
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lawrence S. Ross and Associates
  • 2000 - 2003


  • Western State College of Law
  • law
  • N/A
  • Western State Univ
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Imputing Wages without Discovery
  • Court Imputed $6,000.00 in wages to father based on testimony brought out at trial
  • Support Arrears
  • County stipulated not to register support order and $700,000 arrears due, despite opposing party's protest.
  • Domestic Violence Case
  • In the family law case, a mutual "peaceful contact" restraining order was stipulated, and my client received joint 50/50 custody. The criminal charges were immediately dropped, and my client was not required to appear at any further criminal proceedings.


  • State Bar Family Law
  • Family Law Legislative Review Panel
  • 2011 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award - Estate Taxation
  • Western State University College of Law
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (2)
Endorse Rhonda
Family Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rhonda Ellifritz is a strong advocate for her clients, and she is reasonable and fair to work with as an opposing attorney. She is well-respected in the family law community and I definitely endorse her as an attorney."
Domestic violence Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"15 years of law practice is what we call very experienced. Rhondas knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions here. Client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with her."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rhonda is a knowledgeable and wonderful attorney! She goes out of her way to ensure her clients rights are protected."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rhonda is an aggressive attorney who is compassionate about each and every client she represents. She is fearless in her pursuit of justice for her clients rights."
Family Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a compassionate advocate for parents with special needs kids."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Attorney Ellifritz has a good grasp of family law."
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