Category Archives: Divorce

Divorce Status

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in Texas who wants to know. “If I were to file for a divorce on Oct 1, 2008, what will be my tax status on Jan 1, 2009?” Dear Mike, Does your wife know about your plans? Ah well, all good things must end someday. Actually, we don’t care what […]

Where to Invest

Today TaxMama hears from Mabel in Georgia with this tale of woe. “After 25 years of marriage I will receive $80,000 from my ex’s retirement account via a QDRO. With the economy like it is, I need to know the safest place to put this money. Also, is there an alternative that would make any […]

Dump Tax Debt

Today TaxMama hears from Bill in Nevada who tells us. “I have a tax lien from year 2000. This was a debt that was awarded to my ex in our divorce. At the time of divorce the debt was around $500. She got it down to less than $200. and stopped paying on it. It […]

Violating Divorce Decree

Today TaxMama hears from a divorcee who is concerned. She says “I got divorced in 2001. The decree stated that we would each claim one child as a dependent. When I moved to another state in 2006 my taxes were done by H&R Block. I didn’t realize they had claimed both children in my tax […]

Ex-Husband Social Security

Today TaxMama hears from Ann in Texas who wants to know, “I have heard that I can receive my ex-husband’s Social Security when I reach retirement age. Is this so? What are the requirements for doing so?”

Divorce Asset Split

Today TaxMama hears from Matthew in California who tells us. “My dad is going through a divorce. They have finally reached an agreement on what her half of the house, stocks, retirement, etc. is worth. He is paying her $xxx,xxx.00 and he is re-financing the house to do it. Who has to pay income taxes […]

Forged 2005

Today we hear from Veronica in New York who has this story. “I received a letter from IRS requesting $2,800 for 2005. I was married in 2005, but left my husband on September 1, 2005 and haven’t been back since. I filed my own separate income tax for year 2005 and did not know that […]

Military COBRA

Today we hear from Liz in Georgia who asks, “Is it true that the U.S. Military does not have to follow the 36 month COBRA rules in a divorce? My brother in law tells me that when his divorce is final, his wife will not get COBRA for 36 months – that her benefits will […]

Sick and Divorced

Today we hear from Karen in PA who tells us, “ I just got divorced. I am entitled to $40,000 of hubby’s 401(k). I’m permanently disabled and haven’t worked since 2003. I need this money for necessities, but don’t want to pay early withdrawal or tax penalties. Because I’m disabled and receive a pittance from […]

Getting Ex-Wife’s W-2

Today TaxMama hears from Bernie in New York, who’s quite frustrated. “My ex-wife and I are working on funding our child’s college education. How can I find out if her $18,000 W-2 is complete and honest? Her husband is showing her as his company’s secretary at this reduced income level. How can I get copies […]