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Pressley's legal and tax problems highlight common challenges in Los Angeles divorce cases

January 26, 2011
By Mitchell A. Jacobs on January 26, 2011 10:35 AM |

The National Ledger reports actress Jamie Pressley could be on her way to ending her short-term marriage in California even as authorities seek $637,000 in state and federal taxes.

A Los Angeles divorce attorney should always be called to handle a divorce, regardless of its length or whether or not a couple had children. A short-term marriage is generally defined as one lasting less than 10 years. In this case, the marriage only lasted 18 months and it should not be difficult for the parties to reach a settlement on property division.
But, as this case illustrates, debt is also a form of marital property that can return to haunt either party in a divorce. Particularly when the Internal Revenue Service is involved. Determining who is responsible, and ensuring that the debt is paid, can be critical to your financial well-being.

In this case, Pressley is married to an attorney, which highlights the need for both parties in a Los Angeles divorce to have qualified legal representation. Relying upon the expertise of a spouse, or his or her attorney, can be a reputation for disaster.

E! News reports the IRS filed a tax lien against the 33-year-old actress in December. Such liens can also make it difficult to divide up marital property, such as real estate. The government also filed a lien for $281,699 in September and California filed a lien for $95,080 in June.

Pressley was also arrested and charged with drunk driving in Los Angeles earlier this month. She has been released on a $15,000 bond and is due back in court in February.

Divorce is a stressful time in most client's lives. Significant legal problems can add to that stress. Such problems may also jeopardize savings or other assets that are being held in joint accounts pending the outcome of a divorce in California.

Los Angeles Divorce Attorney Mitchell A. Jacobs has dedicated his career to representing clients in all divorce, child custody and family law matters. He has been a Board Certified Family Law Specialist since 1986, a distinction obtained by fewer than 1 in 200 California attorneys. Call (310) 472-7979 to discuss your rights.