It’s that time of year again. Dreaded tax time is around the corner!
For those getting a divorce, taxes are the least of their worries. But
let me share a story with you that will open your eyes and make you think twice.
Last year after researching online and finding me on Avvo, a young woman
called me for a free consultation. She was a married professional with
two small children. She was scared, angry, and confused. She had just
received an email from her employer who notified her that her salary was
being garnished by the IRS. She was stunned! What could this be about?
She signed those yearly joint tax returns and her husband always paid
the taxes owed. Or so she thought…
Upon investigation, and speaking with the IRS we learned that her husband
had not paid their taxes for 5 years and owed $250,000.
The wife felt betrayed and angry that her “loving husband”
of 12 years had been lying to her and jeopardizing her and her family.
When he came in to participate in a session, using my psychologically-infused
mediation method, I identified that not only was he clearly a narcissist
and a sociopath, with no regard for others, but he also had a deep-routed
gambling problem that dated back to his teens.
He had been living a double life (including having another family which
was uncovered as we reviewed emails and texts) and his wife never knew
it. Although he begged her to stay married, his wife was devastated and
could not and did not stay in this sham of a marriage.
We were able to clear her with the IRS and help her avoid prosecution with
the help of our team’s tax experts, and we made him responsible
for the debts to the IRS.
In addition, the wife got sole custody, child support, and possession of
the marital residence. For her, most importantly, she got piece of mind
and she got her life back. She was no longer living a lie.
It’s important to always know what your spouse is doing. Read everything
you sign and be aware that “you are responsible for you.”
Don’t put your life in the hands of anyone. Not even someone you
think is a “loving spouse.”
If you are thinking of divorce or worried your spouse is not paying the
taxes, call me.
As a divorce attorney and mediator with over 35 years experience, I have
the expertise to guide you through a financially complex divorce process.
I, along with my team of financial experts and accountants, will be happy to help!
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all our
FREE 1 HOUR CONSULTATIONS are conveniently conducted virtually to reduce risk.
I look forward to speaking with you!
Stay healthy and safe!
New York Divorce Lawyer Lois Brenner is available for a FREE consultation.