Tax Tip: A Tax Filer's Guide to Divorce

iStock/ThinkstockDon't let a broken marriage break the bank this tax season.

"In the year you get divorced you're no longer married, so obviously you're going to file your return as single and you want to make sure that your Social Security number isn't appearing with your ex-spouses and that you kept your records separately," advises Charles Stein, a New York certified public accountant who deals with divorce.

When it comes to legal spousal support, some of it is reportable income, while some of it is not.

"When a divorce decree is written up you want to watch as far as what's alimony, what's child support. Now, the alimony is deductible to the spouse that pays it, and child support is not deductible to the spouse that pays it," Stein says.

The Internal Revenue Service says you can't deduct legal fees and court costs following a marital break-up. But you might be able to deduct legal fees paid for tax advice in connection with a divorce.

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