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Family Law Attorneys Diligently Assisting Fort Lauderdale Residents

The Law Offices of Sandy T. Fox consists of family law lawyers who have been representing individuals in the Fort Lauderdale area for more than a decade. Whether it is a paternity dispute, a property distribution issue, or a high net worth divorce, we have the experience to help you assert your legal rights and protect your interests. The firm is led by Sandy T. Fox, a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Marital & Family Law whose skills in this area of the law have been recognized by the highest authority in the state.

Nicknamed the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale is the centerpiece of Broward County and perhaps best known for the series of canals that crisscross the city. It is also a popular vacation destination that attracts visitors with pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and old Florida charm. The area was developed during the 1920s land boom and named for a sequence of forts erected by Major William Lauderdale during the Second Seminole War. Today, the city’s bustling downtown, highlighted by the Las Olas shopping district, is a destination for both work and play. Notable current and former residents include Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, musician Marilyn Manson, and former Miami Hurricane Michael Irvin.

“No-Fault” Divorce

Under Florida’s “no-fault” divorce system, a spouse can seek to dissolve a marriage without having to blame the other spouse for the split. Instead, the person need only show that the marriage was legal, that one of the parties has been residing in Florida for at least the last six months, and that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Courts will also grant a divorce upon request when one of the spouses has become mentally incapacitated.

Divorcing spouses who do not have minor children can take advantage of a simplified divorce procedure where they agree on certain issues, including how their property will be divided and that neither spouse will seek alimony. Couples who do not qualify for the simplified version typically must appear before a local judge, who will hear testimony and consider evidence in order to rule on issues like property distribution, parenting plans, and child and spousal support.

Parenting Plans and Coordination

For divorcing spouses with minor children, some of the most common issues that come up during legal proceedings have to do with who will care for the kids. Florida law requires parents in these proceedings to come up with a detailed plan laying out where the child will live, how rearing duties will be handled, and how much time the child will spend with each parent. These parenting plans are meant to avoid long – and costly – court battles. As such, they may be best executed through collaborative negotiation. For spouses who have a hard time reaching an agreement, the state offers a parenting coordination program designed to ease the stress and potential conflict involved in the process.

Seek Capable Legal Guidance When Dissolving a Marriage Near Fort Lauderdale

At the Law Offices of Sandy T. Fox, P.A., we have represented clients in a wide range of divorce and family law cases, including those related to parenting plans. We understand that tensions often run high during these proceedings, and we work closely with clients to devise strategies suited to their goals and needs. That includes helping draft parenting plans and guiding clients through the parenting coordination process.

If you’re considering filing to dissolve a marriage in the Fort Lauderdale area, contact the divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Sandy T. Fox, P.A. We are conveniently located in Aventura, and our attorneys are available to work directly with clients. Contact us online or call 800.596.0579 to schedule a consultation.