There is no intention to hire any lawyers for this very amicable and uncontested divorce.While it's true that you can both file as single if you are legally separated under a divorce or separate maintenance decree, why would you want to? Married/joint is generally the best tax rate, marriage penalty notwithstanding. That is, your married/joint tax liability is likely to be quite a bit less than the sum of your separate/single tax liabilities. (I'm just talking federal taxes here - I don't know a thing about CA taxes.)So - if the parting is as amicable as you say, why not just file jointly? If there's a great disparity between your incomes, just apportion the tax liability accordingly: if one of you contributed 65% of the taxable income, then that person pays 65% of the tax bill. Work out the numbers and fix any imbalance with a cash payment from one to the other. Even if it's a big cash payment, there's no gift tax complication since you're still married... Lorenzo
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