There are numerous different legal issues wrapped up in this fact pattern. You would greatly benefit from having an attorney represent your interests moving forward - whether you retain a private attorney, or you qualify for pro bono legal assistance. I am not familiar with the Fairfax area but Houston has a strong corps of volunteer attorneys that consider taking on matters such as these.
As far as your request for obtaining information on joint returns filed this website might be helpful for you to review: http://www.womansdivorce.com/copy-of-tax-return.html
Best of luck
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Firstly, it does sound like you need an attorney. You are entitled to your tax records. You can call the IRS directly to request income/account/return transcripts or copies. You can also go into a local office to request these. From your description you may also be entitled to what is called "innocent spouse" relief if you are left with tax balances. You really need to review this situation with an attorney.
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Of course I agree with Attorney Zelinger. Yes, you have options, including some innocent spousal protections. That is -- if there is still unpaid liability on those jointly filed returns.
And yes, a tax attorney can help you obtain the detail information in your tax returns. You should find an attorney that handles tax procedure, not just general tax law, or return preparation. And obviously you need a family law attorney as well.
Hope this helps.
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You can definitely obtain information about a tax return you jointly filed. You should get a tax attorney to assist you. If you cannot afford one, call one of these free tax clinics:
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