Call your accountant tonight and make sure how you would file and how she should file.
My name is Stephen R. Cohen and I have practiced over 38 years and can be reached at 213-819-1171. I practiced mainly in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. I am not seeking clients from existing relationships with other attorneys, and give only limited advise over the phone (the phone is primarily used to set appointments), these services do not create an attorney client relationship. I apologize for mispelling< as I am a lousy typist, My answers may offend as I do not believe in pulling punches or sugar coating the truth. Further regarding courts in other states my opinions are largely based on logic and what I think is the modern trend which is to consider the needs of the child.
The child support is calculated by State mandated DissoMaster program. If you look at the printout, you can see what income and expense items affect the calculations. In terms of a Judgment related spousal support award, there are quite a number of statutory factors that must be considered by the Judge before he or she makes their decision factored as set forth in the Family Code.
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My clients always wonder why filing status effects support. It is because the DissoMaster is designed to maximize tax benefit, and the tax benefit changes as filing status changes.