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My divorce was finalized 3/30/16 and in 2015 we filed married and my X was the head of household so was I a dependent?

 
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MargaretL
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My divorce was finalized 3/30/16 and in 2015 we filed married and my X was the head of household so was I a dependent?

No, you were not a dependent for Head of Household purposes and you are never a dependent when you file Married Filing Jointly. 

Since you are legally divorced as of Dec 31st 216( that's when your filing status is determined), you may file as Single or Head of Household if you otherwise qualify. And your ex-wife, even if you claim her as your dependent - now that you are single and if you qualify to claim her -  does not qualify you for Head Of Household.  You must have a qualifying child, parent or relative as a dependent.  A non-relative does not qualify. 

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MargaretL
Expert Alumni

My divorce was finalized 3/30/16 and in 2015 we filed married and my X was the head of household so was I a dependent?

No, you were not a dependent for Head of Household purposes and you are never a dependent when you file Married Filing Jointly. 

Since you are legally divorced as of Dec 31st 216( that's when your filing status is determined), you may file as Single or Head of Household if you otherwise qualify. And your ex-wife, even if you claim her as your dependent - now that you are single and if you qualify to claim her -  does not qualify you for Head Of Household.  You must have a qualifying child, parent or relative as a dependent.  A non-relative does not qualify. 

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