Agreeing on divorce effective dates and IRS taxes

Collaborative law allows couples to come up with creative solutions to tax and health insurance concerns.

By agreement, a couple may agree to have their divorce effective “on or after 1 January” of the following year.

This is most common in the fall of the year, when January is just a few months away.

Why would people do this? The most common reason is to allow filing taxes as married, which is possible if the couple is still married at the end of 31 December. In some other cases, maintaining health insurance until the end of the year is a reason.


Attorney Honey Hastings

Attorney Honey Hastings

Attorney Hastings is a collaborative divorce lawyer with Honey Hastings, Counselors at Law in Wilton, N.H.