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I looked in the Tax FAQ, and you are both wrong. What matters is the marital status on December 31. She was either Single, or maybe Head of Household if there are children involved.

Click on Tax FAQ in green at the bottom of each individual message. Then look for "filing status."

I am not a lawyer or a CPA and I don't even play one on TV, but my suspicion would be that income earned up to the divorce would be split 50-50 and after that they are on their own.

By the way, because of the "marriage penalty" it might turn out that this is better tax-wise, although of course I do not know.
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