Tag Archives: Conflict of laws

Common Law Divorce

Today TaxMama® hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum, with an unusual question.  “PA recognizes common law marriages if they started before ’05.  So, if they are now separated, are they doomed to the MFS status until a judge signs a divorce decree? Or, since nothing was filed with the state to begin with can […]

Stepchild in Divorce

Today TaxMama® hears from Susan in the TaxQuips Forum with a divorce question for Valentine’s Day. “What happens, taxwise, to the relationship of stepchildren when the parents divorce and the stepchild stays with the stepparent? Do they go back to just being the girlfriend’s kid again? I hear about stepparents adopting their spouse’s children. Is […]

Divorce Rip-off

Today TaxMama hears from Kathy in the TaxQuips Forum who is in despair. Let me summarize her problem – and you can read the details, here. Her husband’s ex-wife keeps claiming their children on her joint tax return with her new husband, even though the divorce agreement says Kathy’s husband gets the children. Kathy and […]

Rules of Divorce

Today TaxMama  is watching a discussion in the TaxQuips Forum. It’s about what happens after a divorce and the family is fighting over who gets to claim the child as a dependent.

Military spouse’s income might be tax-exempt

Courtesy of Spidell (paraphrased a bit for national coverage) As a result of the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (PL 111-97), beginning with the 2009 taxable year, states may not tax wage and personal service income of a military spouse if the spouse has the same domicile or residence as the servicemember and: · The […]

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 […]