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Subject:  Re: Married Couple to use Single Status Date:  8/15/2001  9:22 AM
Author:  irasmilo Number:  53362 of 129666

Actually, I believe there is. If you have not lived together for the whole year you can, as in separted for a divorce. Maybe even less. There's some other rules, but it isn't really relevant to the question as asked. I thought I'd just be picky. You probably know the rules better than I.

A quick look at Publication 17 (which I realize isn't the final authority) reveals that once considered married, you are only considered single again if you are legally separated from your spouse under a divorce or separate maintenance decree or an annulment (or widowed). State law determines the facts.

I believe what you are thinking of are the special rules under which you may qualify to file as Head of Household even when not yet divorced. I don't think that this is what the original question was referring to.

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