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Can i deduct medical expense for my children if i am not claiming them as dependents

My ex will not claim these expenses because she is not itemizing
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Can i deduct medical expense for my children if i am not claiming them as dependents

Child of divorced or separated parents.   For purposes of the medical and dental expenses deduction, a child of divorced or separated parents can be treated as a dependent of both parents. Each parent can include the medical expenses he or she pays for the child, even if the other parent claims the child's dependency exemption, if:

  1. The child is in the custody of one or both parents for more than half the year,

  2. The child receives over half of his or her support during the year from his or her parents, and

  3. The child's parents:

    1. Are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance,

    2. Are separated under a written separation agreement, or

    3. Live apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year.

Keep in mind that you can only deduct those payments that you paid, not those that your wife may have paid.

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Can i deduct medical expense for my children if i am not claiming them as dependents

Child of divorced or separated parents.   For purposes of the medical and dental expenses deduction, a child of divorced or separated parents can be treated as a dependent of both parents. Each parent can include the medical expenses he or she pays for the child, even if the other parent claims the child's dependency exemption, if:

  1. The child is in the custody of one or both parents for more than half the year,

  2. The child receives over half of his or her support during the year from his or her parents, and

  3. The child's parents:

    1. Are divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance,

    2. Are separated under a written separation agreement, or

    3. Live apart at all times during the last 6 months of the year.

Keep in mind that you can only deduct those payments that you paid, not those that your wife may have paid.
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