If you and your spouse are thinking about splitting up, 2015 is the year. Kermit & Miss Piggy called it quits this year. So did Ben and Jennifer. If you live in Washington, here’s why you might want to go ahead and file for divorce.
Washington has a 90-day waiting period.
That means, you can’t be divorced until 91 days after you file. So, if you want to start the New Year SINGLE, you won’t be able to if you don’t file soon. Here’s a handy calendar counter to help you figure out the best time to file.
If you divorce this year, you can file separate taxes for 2015.
When you file your taxes, you file your taxes based on your marital status as of December 31. If your family finances are one of the issues that have led to your decision to divorce, then it may be a relief to file separately. It’s a good idea to talk to a lawyer about the best time to file and to your CPA about your taxes.
If you’re expecting a big raise and you don’t want to share it, file now.
Washington is a community property state, so typically, your earnings belong equally to both spouses. When done properly, filing for divorce draws a great big line in the sand about what is community and what is separate property. It’s best to consult with an attorney if you are concerned about protecting your future income from your spouse.
Call us today. We are divorce and family law attorney with years of experience working with individuals facing the possibility of divorce. Let us help you get clear on your choices, your options, your rights and your dreams. Then you can decide for yourself what you want to do.