Issue: Filing taxes for the time we were married
Question: Ever since we got married, I have been filing as married filing jointly; my ex-wife never worked while we were married. We were married in 2007. I have to file taxes for 2007. My ex-wife refuses to sign the tax returns. If we file as married filing jointly we get approx. $3000 back which I am willing to split. However, if end up filing as married filing separately I will owe taxes to the govt. and would need to pay a penalty on the money owed to the govt. I have the following questions:
1- Can the judge order her to sign the tax returns for 2007 as married filing jointly?
2- If not option 1, then can the tax penalties be divided equally between my ex-wife and myself as she has already benefited from the income from 2007; the money saved from that years income was divided equally between my ex-wife and myself?
3- Can I seek attorney and accountant fees from the judge in this issue?
Will appreciate any help or advice you can provide.