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# How do I number days with my dependents - we have joint custody?

I have them four nights a week, and at least half of every day per week except Sundays. Should I calculate days as a percentage of total time, or count all the days I have them any time with them?

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**Yes**, the best method is to count the actual days. However, you may first wish to estimate the number of days using a typical week or month. If you find the total is close to __half the year__ (183 days for 2016), then you may want to go back and count the actual days for each month. Otherwise, you can use your estimate.

Note that the question "How many days did...live with you?" is answered in __number of months__. To qualify for the dependent exemption, you need half the year (ie: six months or more).