As you proceed with your Rhode Island divorce, you may want to consider some quick questions to ask yourself and your RI divorce lawyer prior to entering the RI Family Court.

If you and your spouse are going to file joint income tax returns for the present year which spouse will be responsible to pay any taxes due and who will be entitled to receive the tax refund, if any?

Please remember you can divide both the responsibility and the refund in your Rhode Island divorce.

With regard to past joint income tax returns, if there is an outstanding deficiency of past joint income tax returns who will be responsible for that debt? Likewise, which spouse will be allowed to receive any refund that may be due on any past joint income tax returns filed by the parties?

These concerns should be addressed as part of your larger strategic goals in your divorce.

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