Texas residents who have recently gone through a divorce may be interested in an article that discusses some things to watch out for around tax time. The marital dissolution can have different consequences, depending on each person's individual situation.
One of the initial issues surrounding a divorcing couple's taxes is the question of what filing status to use. Generally, a person's filing status is determined as of Dec. 31, no matter what day of the year the divorce occurs. If the divorce proceedings are still ongoing as of that date, then the appropriate filing status will be either a joint return or married filing separately. Divorced taxpayers can either file as single or alternatively use the head of household filing status if they are the caretaker of a qualified dependent child.