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My husband and I were separated end of August 1999.

Given that during 1999 I contributed nearly twice what he contributed in marital salary/wages to the upkeep of our marital home.

...And now find myself with the prospect of owing much more taxes than anticipated since my witholdings were based on parameters that are no longer.

Given that his first ex-wife (natural mother of the children) signed her rights to claim them as dependents over to him...

Given that we had the children an average of 16 days a month.

Can I claim them as dependents for 1999?
And if I legally can, what happens if we both claim them? (A real possibility since my not-soon-enough-to-be ex-husband and I don't talk.)

Thanks, fools!
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