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Old 06-27-2016, 09:25 AM   #1
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Divorce on paper ??

Thoughts on getting divorced for financial reasons??

Married for 33 years
DW - Retired at 59.5, currently 62 and first SS check arrives next month
Me - Retired/Left workforce at 52, currently 54

We both rolled over our 401ks to IRAs and are currently living off DW, she draws from two Annuities and her SS to begin next month.... All Taxable.... Approximately $110K Per Year

I have 0 income --- With approximately 900k in a rollover IRA, no plans to withdraw any until 59.5, hopeful that we are not spending as much by then (5 years), as we do today...... We retired early to enjoy life while we are still able and not real real old .....

I am thinking we could get divorced, then I would qualify for better health insurance, with being able to get Obama Credits ..... I have Basal Cell Cancer that I need to deal with, Asthma, and Arthritis...... We currently pay $1130 per mo for catastrophic insurance, with a $6800 deductible each.....

What other advantages could there be of being divorced> I would be signing over all property and my IRA to my DW. I do trust her, so I am not worried that she would kick me to the curb...... If she did, then I would return to the workforce and start over.......

I am just looking and wondering if it would be in "our" advantage financially to get divorced on paper and still continue living in retirement together .....

Thoughts Please
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:31 AM   #2
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My DGF and I live together. We will both FIRE in a week, she will be 44, I am 56. Her healthcare will be nearly free, for both premiums and deductibles, as she will be low income. Our total income household will be $150K+.

We both live at the same residence. One of the things that make this possible is that we were never married to each other. We do not have any kids together, married or not.

You better check on what defines household income and what defines a household. I would guess that you are considered a household, and income is combined, whether you are married or not.

You could get a divorce and rent a cheap apartment, and they may work. If you have minor children, you need to think about court mandated child support.

There is no benefit to being married. Marriage for religious reasons does not need a 'license'. Anything you can do married you can do as a couple. Any financial and medical issues can be put on paper.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:43 AM   #3
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There might be liability benefits to this idea. That is, if one of you were to get into a liability issue (sued) or a long term care concern (nursing home>Medicaid) only half of your assets would be hanging out there.
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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There is no benefit to being married.
This is not true. There are many legal benefits to being married...

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I knew someone was going to jump on the marriage bandwagon, and the legal and taxation benefits.

Visiting rights in jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.

That's always been important to me.
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I knew someone was going to jump on the marriage bandwagon, and the legal and taxation benefits.

Visiting rights in jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.

That's always been important to me.
You never know, it's a fine line between tax avoidance and tax evasion.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:07 AM   #8
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Our 3 kids are grown and self supportive

We do have two places one in Fort Myers FL the other at Lake of the Ozarks in Mo

I would have 0 income, thus qualify for low income insurance, more like being a drifter .... No real home??

Based on our current plan, she will have aprox 100K in an IRA, 0 in the two annuties, and her SS of $1850 when I reach 59.5....... At that point I will begin draws on my IRA....... So her income will drop quite a bit, as well in three years, she will begin medicare at 65

I see advantages of being divorced because of the medical, and 0 income for myself .....

Keep your thoughts coming .....

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Wouldn't you have to go on Medicaid if your state offered it, at $0 income? I think there's an income threshhold for subsidized HCA plans.
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I can't post what I would like to say about this proposed scheme because I know it would end up deleted or full of those cute little [mod edit] entries.
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I knew someone was going to jump on the marriage bandwagon, and the legal and taxation benefits.
I am not on a "marriage bandwagon" any more than you are on an "anti-marriage bandwagon." I was simply pointing out the fact that there are legal and tax benefits to being married, so the statement that "there is no benefit to being married" is simply factually wrong. You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

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Old 06-27-2016, 10:34 AM   #12
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I remember reading a case about a couple that would divorce every december and then remarry in january. I believe the IRS disallowed the tax deduction and under the idea that it was a "sham divorce".

Probably they've already looked at cases where there was only a single divorce and you could see how they treated it.

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We both rolled over our 401ks to IRAs and are currently living off DW, she draws from two Annuities and her SS to begin next month.... All Taxable.... Approximately $110K Per Year

I have 0 income
Tax wise marriage can be benefit when the couple has unequal incomes.

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Wouldn't you have to go on Medicaid if your state offered it, at $0 income? I think there's an income threshhold for subsidized HCA plans.
In CA the threshold is 138% of the FPL or about $16k for a single person. It's more in states that haven't expanded.
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I have Basal Cell Cancer that I need to deal with, Asthma, and Arthritis...... .... Thoughts Please
Not gonna jump into the ethical consideration of getting divorced on paper only to get ACA just what I assume is a new CA dx. Having had CA ×4, try to relax. Wishing you clear margins on the impending surgery. (Basal ×2, sarcoma ×1, melanoma ×1 -- all cleared up. So many wonderful advances in CA TX nowadays)

Does ACA have a 5 yr claw back provision like Medicaid whereby all assets transferred within the past 5 yrs are immediately attachable by the Feds to cover any and all medical bills paid by Medicaid / Medi-Cal for a 60 month period?
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Would you be able even to qualify for Medicaid in your state if you share a household with someone making $110,000/year (think total household resources as my state calls it).

Also I don't think you will be able to get any type of discount on a truly Catastrophic Plan. Premium Tax Credits (PTC) are only available for (gold/silver/bronze) plans offered on a health care exchange (Federal or State run) if my memory is correct.

More importantly, what does your DW think about all this, especially since her tax bill will go up by about $7,000 per year according to the quick provisional tax return that I ran on this (year 2015, 15,000 SS income , $95,000 1099-INT, single vs MFJ).

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I would have 0 income, thus qualify for low income insurance, more like being a drifter .... No real home??
Should have read all 1st. Plan is to go on Medi-Cal? Your plan works but in 60 months after divorce (ex - Ombudsman in Ca). Prior to that, your transferred assets would pay 100% of medical care and the plan boarders on Medi-Cal fraud

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More importantly, what does your DW think about all this, especially since her tax bill will go up by about $7,000 per year according to the quick provisional tax return that I ran on this (year 2015, 15,000 SS income , $95,000 1099-INT, single vs MFJ)

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Would OP need to file a gift tax return if he gifted all assets to an ex-spouse?
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OP, your in two states that have drastically different laws regarding how assets are handled in regards to Medicaid and asset protection. I'd really look into the benefits of the state of FL.
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Not gonna jump into the ethical consideration of getting divorced on paper only to get ACA just what I assume is a new CA dx. Having had CA ×4, try to relax. Wishing you clear margins on the impending surgery. (Basal ×2, sarcoma ×1, melanoma ×1 -- all cleared up. So many wonderful advances in CA TX nowadays)

Does ACA have a 5 yr claw back provision like Medicaid whereby all assets transferred within the past 5 yrs are immediately attachable by the Feds to cover any and all medical bills paid by Medicaid / Medi-Cal for a 60 month period?
ACA does not consider assets, just MAGI income.

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While I think what the OP proposes to do is ill-advised, technically, I think he and hss DW could simply legally separate (rather than divorce) and they would not be part of the same household for ACA purposes.

https://www.healthcare.gov/income-an...ousehold-size/

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Don’t include a legally separated spouse, even if you live together.
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