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Old 12-08-2009, 12:21 PM
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When is a couple no longer considered married for tax purposes?

A couple is no longer married for tax purposes when either of the following conditions are present as shown below:

1. A final divorce decree is issued by a domestic relations court.

2. There is a legal separation under local law that requires the couple to live apart.

3. The spouse has been abandoned. In addition to Items 1 or 2, a married individual who qualifies as an abandoned spouse is treated as unmarried for certain tax purposes, including the determination of filing status.

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