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A recent study is reporting that there are specific peaks of divorce filings in March and August. According to researchers, people who want to get divorced do not want to file during the summer family vacation season or before the winter holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The study found that divorce filings peaked in March and August and were the lowest in November and December. Divorce filings also decreased in April and did not increase until August.

Researchers examined divorce cases in 37 of 39 counties in one state between 2001 through 2015. Irrespective of the size of the counties, the trends appeared to be similar. The research indicated that there were 430 divorce filings in December, 570 divorce filings by March and 558 in August. From December to March the divorce filings increased by 33%. Similarly, from December to August divorce filings increased by 30%. The peaks in divorce case filing happen in the months after the winter and summer breaks.

The delay in divorce filings may be attributed to socially sensitive times during the year. People enter holiday seasons with rising expectations even though they may have had a substandard year. They leave the holidays looking for a new opportunity, a fresh start and a change. For unhappy marriages, vacations can be very stressful when they do not meet expectations. After spending a lengthy vacation with a spouse, individuals often find that they are even unhappier and begin to plan for their divorce.

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) is pleased to announce that Sandy T. Fox, Esquire of the law firm, Sandy T. Fox, P.A. has successfully achieved Board Certification as a family trial advocate. The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.

Sandy T. Fox, Esquire joins a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel.

The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes: demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses, submission of legal writing documents, proof of good standing and passing of an examination.

On Tuesday, April 27, 2011, Sandy T. Fox, a divorce attorney in Miami and Fort Lauderdale appeared on CNN The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer. After being contacted by CNN news correspondent, Mary Snow, Fox appeared in a segment that also featured famed New York divorce lawyer, Raol Felder. The news segment focused on the increase of divorce filings as a result of the improved economy.

Sandy T. Fox has been a member of The Florida Bar since September, 2004. He focuses his practice in all areas of marital and family law in Miami-Dade and Broward including divorce, paternity, child custody, alimony and child support enforcement and prenuptial agreements.

According to and, a recent survey of top divorce lawyers indicates that more clients are coming to divorce court with evidence from Facebook which would lead one to believe that there spouse may be cheating. Facebook allows couples who are in an unhappy marriage to look beyond their neighbors and co-workers for a fling. Some client’s have found love notes in their spouse’s Facebook account. However, often friends, neighbors and children learn about an adulterous affair. If you believe that their is electronic evidence on your spouse’s computer indicative of an affair, it is important to discuss this with your Ft. Lauderdale divorce lawyer.

Interfaith separations in Fort Lauderdale can cause a contentious debate in may religious communities such as Plantation, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines. When a divorce becomes combative, divorce attorneys are often faced with a client that is non-negotiable regarding the religious upbringing of their child and the religious directives of their parenting plan. Clients often look to use anything and everything against their spouse or former parter when they are involved in child custody litigation during their divorce or paternity case in Broward.

Religious differences in how a child should be raised is an obvious tool that may be used by a litigant because of the significant differences in the both of the clients beliefs. While couples who come from two different religious backgrounds negotiate and are motivated to reach a resolution because they are in love and want to get marred, the motivation during a divorce should be the best interest of the child.

When you meet with your Broward divorce lawyer, you and your spouse will be required to produce and exchange mandatory disclosure including, but not limited to, tax returns, proof of income, evidence of indebtedness and a financial affidavit. The purpose of this discovery is so that your Fort Lauderdale child custody lawyer can have an understanding of the assets, liabilities and income of you and your spouse for the calculation of alimony, child support and other equitable distribution of your assets. However, in recent years divorce attorneys in Broward and Miami-Dade have begun to request e-mail, instant messages and text messages in an effort to strengthen their case.

In this day and age, e-mail, instant messages and text messages can be used in Broward and Miami-Dade child custody, parenting plan and time-sharing cases by your marital and family lawyer. These methods of communicating digitally may also be used to learn of adulterous relationships and dissipation, destruction and waste of marital assets. Additionally, forensic computer technicians are being retained to recover deleted e-mails, instant messages and files as well as providing Fort Lauderdale and Florida divorce attorneys with information that is relevant and likely to lead to further discoverable evidence.

When you meet with your divorce lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Plantation, Weston or other cities in Broward, it is important to discuss any digital and technological information that your spouse’s lawyer could discover during your case. Remember, even if you have deleted this information it still may be recoverable.

During your divorce in Fort Lauderdale, you are most likely to experience the most stressful period in your life. You will most likely speak to your Florida divorce lawyer several times a week during your divorce. Once the Broward County marital and family law judge enters a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, you will no longer need to worry about custody, time-sharing, shared parental responsibility, alimony or child support. It is important that you take a couple days of rest and relaxation by going away on a vacation. has different cruises for individuals who have gone through, or are going through, a divorce. The cruises on Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have private parties, games, prizes and themed events. You and other recently single individuals can cruise for $199 and up per person.

In the Broward County divorce court, parties continuously attempt to litigate their divorce “pro se” meaning without an attorney. Obtaining a Fort Lauderdale divorce is expensive and quite often a party does not have the funds to hire an attorney to fight the litigious battle. Despite the rise in “do it yourself divorces” Fort Lauderdale attorney’s are still in high demand. This is because navigating the Fort Lauderdale Family Court is a challenge for pro se parties. A new trend is on the rise: Fort Lauderdale marital and family law coaches.

A divorce coach is a family law attorney that a pro se litigant can consult on a need basis. In a typical divorce, a party will hire an attorney to litigate the case from the petition of dissolution to the final judgment dissolving the marriage. On the other hand, a pro se litigant hires a divorce coach to teach him how to take legal action on his own, and to assist him his legal questions and concerns.

A do it yourself divorce is not for everyone. Where there are complex legal issues involved and the parties are extremely contentious, it is probably best to stick with the traditional route and hire an attorney. But on the other hand, where the divorce is a straight forward financial transaction then this process might work.

Yes. The question then becomes how much? This depends on how much of the spouse’s pension fund the Broward County divorce court judge deems marital property. Florida statutory and case law is clear that all marital property is subject to equitable distribution during a Fort Lauderdale divorce. In a dissolution proceeding, the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court will request a list of both parties’ assets, along with details describing when those assets were obtained. Assets that were acquired during the marriage as well as assets that gained value during the marriage – due to marital funds or marital efforts – are considered marital property.

A retirement fund, or pension plan, is money set aside for an employee after he or she is no longer working. Both the employer and the employee contribute to the retirement fund during the course of employment. By definition, a pension plan is deferred compensation. A spouse’s income during the marriage is subject to equitable distribution; so therefore, a spouse’s pension plan is subject to equitable distribution as well. As a general rule, the spouse is entitled to the portion of the pension fund that accumulated during the marriage.

Recently, nine Continental Airlines pilots “faked” their divorces to cash in early on their pension funds. Under a provision of the federal pension law, an ex-spouse who is a named beneficiary is entitled to receive all or a portion of the funds after a divorce. Under the law, the pilots divorced their spouses, however, told neither their children, nor their family members or their friends. The spouses cashed in and after receiving the funds the parties remarried. Continental Airlines found out about the couples’ remarriage and filed suit against them.

Children who are caught in the middle of a nasty divorce in Fort Lauderdale will soon have legal advocates to look out for their best interests. Governor Charlie Crist made a law that will allow the Broward County divorce court to appoint certified Guardian Ad Litem volunteers to represent minor children in a divorce even when there are no allegations of abuse or neglect. When time-sharing, a parenting plan or parental responsibility is contested in your case, your divorce lawyer may file a motion in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court and ask the family law judge to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem to be your child’s voice during court proceedings.

In a contested divorce, parents hate each other more than it seems like they love their children. Governor Christ’s legislation will improve the quality of life for Florida children whose parents are getting divorced by having an advocate who will focus on the child’s best interest.

Children of Florida should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential by growing up safe and healthy. Allowing your child to be heard through a guardian ad litem during your divorce or paternity case will benefit most families during this difficult time.