I just received my 2011 tax refund check that was made out to my ex-wife and I because we were married at the time.
Do I owe her half of this tax refund that was earned while we were still married even though we are now divorced?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Missouri divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
It’s possible that your 2011 tax refund is considered a marital asset if you and your ex-wife knew about the refund prior to the final decree of dissolution.
I would recommend that you review your Marital Separation Agreement and final judgment.
There could be language indicating that the refund is to be split equally once received or a "catch-all" clause stating that any marital assets discovered after the final decree will be split equally.
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Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.