Filing Taxes Together After a Divorce

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In any year after a divorce, the two parties will be unable to file taxes together, and this begins after December 31st of the previous year. Take the cost of keeping a divorce going into account with help from a certified family mediator in this free video on family law and divorce.

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You're going through a divorce, and it's that time of the year, where you're starting to think about, what you're going to do, with regard to filing of your taxes, and you're not sure. If I get divorced, can I file together? If I don't, can I file together? What's going on? Hello, I'm Robert Todd, and I'm here to answer the question, What to consider with filing taxes together, after a divorce? Well, first of all, remember that for any year in which you are not married on December 31st of that year, you cannot file jointly, so that may have some impact on your decision. Other considerations of course, are the cost of keeping the divorce going, and not finishing it until you're ready to file income taxes, and the like, so other considerations are, are you paying alimony, or are you receiving alimony? If you're paying alimony, it's generally deductible. If you're receiving alimony, it's generally taxable income, so these are the kind of considerations that you consider, when addressing this question. If you're unsure, seek the services of a family law attorney, that engages in this aspect of the practice of law. It may also be advisable to consider a tax consultant, to consider your options. Am I better off filing separately? Am I better off filing jointly? Can I file jointly, under these circumstances? I'm Robert Todd, and thank you for watching.

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