My husband and I have lived together for 7 years and got married 2 years ago. I have a child, but we do not have (and are not going to have) any children together. Due to him owing back child support from a previous marriage we file separately. Prior to getting married, my tax return was approximately $5,000 and his less $1000. Now, I don't qualify for earned income credit and I only get back approximately $1000 and his is the same. Although it turns my stomach to ask, Would it be beneficial for us to get divorced ? Can we remain living together after getting divorced and go back to filing they way we used to without getting into trouble with the IRS? If so, do we need to do it before July 1st?