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How couples can solve them

The North Randolph Street quadruple homicide that shocked Indianapolis followed a domestic dispute over a stimulus check, court records have revealed.

Details are still emerging about the history shared between Malik Halfacre, the suspect, and the mother of his child, who survived the shooting. But their fallout begs the question: What options are available to divorced or divorced couples who disagree over who gets federal benefits?

IndyStar spoke with family law attorneys to learn about redress options.

Recently divorced couples are more at risk

Since incentive checks are deposited into the bank account associated with a person’s federal tax returns, couples who are divorced but filed taxes jointly as married couples can run into trouble about how to split the single deposit, said John Floreancig, general counsel at Indianapolis Legal Aid Company.