Tax issues can be a significant hindrance in Washington divorce cases. Couples may fight over who claims the tax exemption for the children, who declares the children as dependents, and the effect of any tax credits related to the children. In a recent case, a husband challenged the child support order due to several tax issues. He also challenged the asset distribution.
According to the court’s opinion, the couple had four children together. They separated in March 2015 and the wife obtained a domestic violence protection order. The husband moved out of the home. The husband stopped paying the mortgage in August and the home went into foreclosure. The wife learned that the husband arranged a short sale. After the wife and children moved out, the husband took the house off the market and moved back in.
The trial court awarded the house to both spouses “as tenants in common for sale” and ordered them to list the house for sale within 90 days. The trial court set the child support payment at $723.46. The trial court found the husband did not have sufficient means to pay spousal support and meet his own needs. The court also ordered the husband to pay half the wife’s attorney fees. The husband appealed.