Divorce with Children: Consulting With Mental Health Professionals

I recently attended a family law “study group” sponsored by White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt and the speaker was a mental health professional who spoke on the subject of “reunification therapy”.  I thought she gave a good presentation and I asked her if she would care to provide a guest blog article covering the role of the mental health professional in marital dissolutions. She readily agreed and the following is her initial article:

Carolyn Cater Nishimoto, MSW, L.C.S.W.
1633 E. Fourth Street, Suite 144
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 541-5582

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Should I Sign That Joint Tax Return

As some of you procrastinators may be aware, the October “tax season” just ended. As a result, in the last few weeks I was asked numerous times to evaluate whether or not one of the spouses undergoing a marital dissolution should sign a “married filing joint” tax return prepared by their spouse (or their spouses advisors).  The reason this question gets asked so often in these situations is because the spouse who did not prepare the joint return is afraid that the spouse who prepared the return may have understated the income or perhaps overstated deductions.   Continue reading