What is the definition of non-dependent when you are claiming dependents

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    It generally deals with divorced or separated parents who have a dependent under the qualifying child rules.  If a child is treated as the qualifying child of the noncustodial parent, only the noncustodial parent can claim an exemption and the child tax credit for the child. However, the custodial parent, if eligible, or other eligible person can claim the child as a qualifying child for head of household filing status, the credit for child and dependent care expenses, the exclusion for dependent care benefits, and the earned income credit.

    The custodial parent (or a taxpayer who may claim a dependent under the qualifying child rules) will usually list a non-dependent child to claim the above-mentioned tax benefits.
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