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X wife. Every year she tells me her boyfriend/ now husband can claim my daughter on his taxes. In Divorce I can claim as long as she does not file a tax return?

 
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X wife. Every year she tells me her boyfriend/ now husband can claim my daughter on his taxes. In Divorce I can claim as long as she does not file a tax return?

If she is remarried, her spouse has the same rights to claim stepchildren as dependents as a biological parent has.  If they file a joint return for his income, then she is "filing a return."

The parent who is automatically entitled to claim a child as a dependent is the parent where the child lives more than half the nights of the year, regardless of any court orders or divorce agreements.  The non-custodial parent can't claim anything unless the custodial parent signs a release form.  (In some cases, the non-custodial parent may be able to go to family court to get an order that the other parent sign the release, but the IRS won't do anything without it.)

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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Opus 17
Level 15

X wife. Every year she tells me her boyfriend/ now husband can claim my daughter on his taxes. In Divorce I can claim as long as she does not file a tax return?

If she is remarried, her spouse has the same rights to claim stepchildren as dependents as a biological parent has.  If they file a joint return for his income, then she is "filing a return."

The parent who is automatically entitled to claim a child as a dependent is the parent where the child lives more than half the nights of the year, regardless of any court orders or divorce agreements.  The non-custodial parent can't claim anything unless the custodial parent signs a release form.  (In some cases, the non-custodial parent may be able to go to family court to get an order that the other parent sign the release, but the IRS won't do anything without it.)

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*

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