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Board Certified Marital & Family Law Specialists and Experts - Call (954) 800-5000 - Proudly serving Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach
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5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest, P.A. Is Pleased To Announce Its 5th Anniversary

We’ve passed a milestone, and we’re celebrating. This day marks the Firm’s Fifth Year in the legal community. The Firm was opened on October 8, 2012, and was a lifelong dream come true to Daniel Forrest.

Five years of hard work, sincere referrals, and repeat customers–we’re celebrating our anniversary this day.

The Firm appreciates your contribution to our success–your loyalty and your own dedication to service.
Thank You For Your Trust And Confidence. Thanks to you, we plan to keep on growing.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
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Board Certified Marital & Family Law Specialist
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954-800-5000

Proudly Representing Clients in Divorce and Marital & Family Law Since October 8, 2012
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A Successful, Positive Divorce Is Possible Despite Perceptions

Is it possible to have a successful divorce when you have a marriage with many valuable assets? The answer is a resounding, "yes." Although there are many stigmas about divorce and perhaps the perception that all divorces involve conflict, those ideas simply are not true in 2017. Divorces are less of a stigma today than in the past, and most people see them as a sad event that was bound to happen to at least one person they know.

When you decide you want to get a divorce, don't let the idea that you'll be chastised hold you back. A divorce can be positive and successful for many people. Taking a few steps ahead of time can prepare you for your divorce and help it move along swiftly.

To start with, you'll need a full disclosure of your assets and debts. Guessing isn't good enough, so seek out copies of important paperwork. Get your W-2s, 1099s, 401(k) information and other documents together so you have them for your attorney. You should run a credit report on yourself and your spouse to make sure you don't miss anything.

The next step, and a good place to start, is to separate out your nonmarital assets. Your personal property, like an inheritance or items you owned before marriage, should not be divided in divorce. Keep those items separate and place them on a list, so you know what they are. If you have paperwork to prove that the items are yours, keep the paperwork for the court.

Just taking these steps can make your divorce much easier. If there is an argument about a certain asset, your documentation can quickly clear up the debate.
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The Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest, P.A. wishes all of our clients, colleagues, families, and friends safe passage through the storm. Even on the darkest of days, our home of South Florida remains strong and bright.

“When you walk through the storm,
Hold your head high,
And don't be afraid of the dark!
At the end of the storm,
is a golden sky,
And the sweet song of the lark.

Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed & blown...
Walk on! Walk on! With hope in your heart,
And you'll never walk alone…

You’ll never walk alone!” Elvis Presley

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Labor Day is a well-deserved tribute for those who work so hard. No matter what kind of work you do, Labor Day is for you.

HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!

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What Can You Do to Save a Marriage?

Getting a divorce is a big deal, so before you take that step, it's a good idea to decide if it's the right choice. Reconsider the option, because the last thing you want is to go through a divorce only to regret your decision.

How can you work to save your marriage if you're not sure a divorce is the right option? Start by listening to your spouse. Even if you think you do already, it's a good idea to sit down and have a discussion about what each of you would like to see change. Try to avoid getting angry or defensive, because this shuts down communication.

Another thing you can do is talk about money together. You both need to be on the same page. Money is a big problem in some marriages, but by talking about your spending habits, what you expect and what you think each of you should or should not do, you can have a solid base for a budget.

Finally, make sure you recognize that things do change over time, whether it's your spouse's looks or the state of your bank accounts. You decided to get married and stay together through thick and thin, and that should go for body types, too. If you have a true problem with a discrepancy in your fitness levels, consider hiring a personal trainer and working with your spouse to get healthy instead of focusing on weight.

There are some times when there is no real way to save a marriage. If you think that's the case, you can begin the process for a divorce by contacting your attorney.
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Paying Taxes: Alimony and How It Affects Your Taxes

If you pay alimony, one thing you have to consider is the impact it will have on your taxes. Alimony is treated as a type of income. Since you're the one who will have to pay alimony, your ex-spouse needs to pay taxes on that income.

How do you know if you can deduct alimony from your taxes? There are a few requirements you need to meet. Here are a few.

First, you need to file your own tax return. You can't take a deduction if you're still filing with your ex-spouse. If you're filing with your ex, you can't take the deduction because you are both considering your incomes as one. In that case, the return needs to address the payment of alimony if you decide to claim it at all.

You must also pay in cash. That means using checks, money orders or cash to pay each alimony payment. Additionally, your payment must not be treated as child support. You may not live with your ex and take a deduction for alimony. Finally, if you have no liability to make a payment due to your former spouse's death, you can't take a deduction.

If you pay alimony as a part of a property settlement, it may not be recognized as alimony by the government and may be unable to be deducted. For instance, if you have a lump-sum settlement of $100,000 that includes $20,000 in alimony, the $20,000 may not be tax deductible.

These are a few things to consider about alimony. If you have concerns about your settlement or negotiations, your attorney can help.
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Is A Pet Treated As Property In Divorce?

You have a pet that you adopted while you were living with your husband. Now that you've decided to get a divorce, you're not sure who is going to end up with your dog. You both love it equally, and you want to make sure you place your dog in the right home.

Although you both have your pet's best interests in mind, you don't want to give up your dog, and neither does your spouse. How will the courts treat your pet if you decide to let a judge decide who gets to keep him or her?
Pets are treated like property, even though they're living creatures. That means that under law, the value of your pet is calculated in your property division settlement. For instance, if your pet cost $800, then its value would be $800. This would then be added to the value of your assets and divided as determined by the court.

In New Jersey, one couple took their case to the extreme and fought over their rights to their pet dog. The appellate court in their case agreed that the dog shouldn't have been treated like any other kind of property but instead given a subjective value to the pet based on the pet's perceived worth. In that case, it was later found that the animal should be kept as joint property, since it had been raised by both individuals.

If you and your spouse can't make up your minds about who should keep your pet, you may want to try one of several dispute resolution processes. Your attorney can help you choose a way to work through your decision.
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If Your Spouse Hides Assets, He or She Is Breaking the Law

As someone planning to get a divorce, you want to make sure you identify as many of your assets as possible before heading to court. If you suspect that your spouse is hiding assets, then you may want to consider using a number of financial tools to identify those assets.

It is not unusual for spouses to hide assets, especially if they already knew the divorce was coming. Typically, the assets that are hidden are property and money; two things that can have high value.

To find hidden assets, you'll likely want to work with a financial analyst, your attorney and forensic accountants. This can be a long process, and it may be costly. It's a good idea to weigh the importance of discovering the assets you believe are being hidden against the expense of uncovering them.

Assets may be hidden through various means including giving large financial gifts or transferring funds to another family member. Transferring large sums of money should be a signal to you that your spouse may be hiding funds elsewhere.

It is not legal for your spouse to bg. In fact, if the court discovers that he or she has hidden assets, he or she may be penalized for the fraudulent acts. Even if no penalty is levied against your spouse, he or she will lose face in the court, and that means that the things he or she says may not be believed by the judge. Losing a reputation is highly damaging during a divorce, but if your spouse does, it's something that could help you walk away with a settlement you're happy with. Our website has more on what to do when you're going through a divorce and need to divide your property.
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“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past” – Thomas Jefferson

Wishing you all a very Happy Independence Day!

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What Do YOU Need To Do After A Divorce?

Divorce has many financial consequences, which is why it's important to be mindful when you make decisions. It's always necessary to follow through on post-divorce actions to make sure you don't end up costing yourself money on accident.

For example, if you have an IRA, it's vital to change the beneficiary designation following a divorce if you ex-partner is listed and not intended to be the beneficiary any longer. Additional items to check include 401(k)s and documents for retirement plans. Insurance policies also need to be updated.

This is particularly important if you get remarried or have a new partner who you want to have receive an inheritance upon your death. For instance, if you pass away suddenly, your new spouse may believe he or she will obtain your life insurance policy payout, but your ex-husband or ex-wife might still be the beneficiary if you forgot to change the documents.

After a divorce, you probably just want to move on and forget about what you've been through, but these financial steps are necessary to protect you in the future. If the judge did not issue an order that your ex-spouse remains on those documents as a beneficiary, you need to take the time to change them over to protect yourself, your children and your future partner.

Your attorney can help you write down a list of important documents you may need to change and help you address those legal issues. With the right changes now, you can protect your finances in the future for yourself, your spouse or partner and your heirs.
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Plantation, Florida
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