Yes, it’s that time of year again as we gear up to deal with our taxes!
For those getting a divorce, taxes are probably the least of their worries,
but taxes and divorce are not always as straightforward as one might think.
As a divorce attorney and mediator, I have heard and handled many divorce
and tax horror stories. Let me share a story with you that will open your
eyes and make you think twice.
After researching and finding me on Avvo, a young woman contacted me last
year. She was a married professional with six-year-old twins.
She was angry and really 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 8 years and owed $275,000.00. The wife felt
betrayed and angry that her “devoted, loving husband” of 11
years had been lying to her and jeopardizing her and her family.
When he agreed to participate in a mediation session, I identified that
not only was he clearly a narcissist and a sociopath using my psychologically
infused mediation method, with no regard for others, but he also had a
deep-seated gambling addiction that dated back to his teens.
He had been living a double life (including having another family in another
state, which was uncovered as we reviewed emails, texts, and social media
interactions) and his wife never knew any of this.
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 as an “innocent spouse,”
and help her avoid prosecution with the help of our divorce 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.
Most important for her, she got peace 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 suspect your loved one may not be handling the financial responsibilities
of your marriage properly and there may be trouble with the IRS, call
me. My seasoned forensic team and I have expertise in this area and we
can help you.
This upcoming tax season don’t just sign the tax returns. Read them
and know what you are signing. Ask questions and don’t just blindly
put your life in the hands of your spouse.
FREE 1 HOUR CONSULTATIONS are
still available virtually.
I look forward to helping you.
Call New York Divorce Lawyer, Lois Brenner now to schedule your free consultation.