Thank you for this information. Yes, I would like a little more clarification. Here is my situation: I am in the process of divorcing my husband. We separated (not legally) in November, 2015. My husband lives and works full time in California
, and has lived there since late 2013. I live and work in Maryland, and have done some since 2011. We have a child
, who lives full-time with me in the family home in Maryland. I filed for divorce in June, 2016. My husband currently pays for the mortgage, taxes and all upkeep (e.g. utilities) of the family house in MD, although he does not live there. He also gives us a set amount of money each month (not considered alimoney or child support) for household expenses, and he pays for some activities for our daughter. He insists on filing jointly for taxes in 2016. I would prefer to file separately for 2016. There is a significant discrepancy in our incomes
, as he earns about three times what I do. I am trying to figure out why he is so vehement about filing jointly - and I suspect it has something to do with the higher amount we would both have to pay to file separately, and it would hit him harder than it would me. Unfortunately he is a tax attorney and I don't know the rules about this. I appreciate your answer that he cannot force me to file jointly, but I also am trying to figure out what, given our unique situation, is the real financial issue here. The only thing I can come up with has to do with the family house -- that he is expecting to use the it as an area for substantial tax deductions
which might be impacted if we file separately... but I am only guessing. This is why I am reaching out for more information from you now. He lives in an apartment in California, and has since March 2015.