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My son and his girlfriend thought they were legally married

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My son and his girlfriend thought they were legally married and filed a joint income tax return. When they decided to divorce they discovered they were not legally married. They've only been together 14 months. Did filing the income tax jointly make them legally married? Do they have to do anything legally now to officially divorce since they were not legally married? Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Barbara replied 1 year ago.
Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to assist you with your tax question today.
Filing a joint tax return did not make your son and his girlfriend legally married.
They will each need to file amended tax returns to correct their filing status to single.
Please let me know if you require further information or clarification.
Thank you and best regards,
Barb
Expert:  Barbara replied 1 year ago.
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Barb