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I am wretchedly confused.
Someone please help.

I am the non-custodial parent to my son who is 17 months old. He lives with mom, though we share joint legal custody.

I pay monthly child support and the only other expenses i have for him (besides toys and clothes) are his prescribed othorpedic shoes and related material.

His mom has informed me that she will claim him as a dependent this year.

Do i have a right to make a mention of the child support payments in preparing my taxes?

Do i have the right to claim him next year?

How do i know if i provide more than 50% of his income?? This 50% thing is so ambiguous...I need definition here !

Please help me out -- JOBoriken@aol.com

Much thanks to whomever can help....
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If both you and your ex-wife provide over half the support of your son and your ex-wife has custody of your son for more than half the year, then she can take the child's dependency exemption.

If your son lives with your ex-wife again this year, you can claim the dependency exemption if your ex-wife signs an agreement that she will not claim the exemption.

Thanks for being a good father and paying your child support on time, but you can't deduct it for tax purposes. Good luck.
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shortamzn: "If both you and your ex-wife provide over half the support of your son, . . ."

How can two different people each provide more than half of the support of one child? It seems to me that this is logically impossible.

Curiously, JAFO

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"if both you and your ex-wife provide over half the support of your son"

How can two different people each provide more than half the support of one child--Curiously JAFO

Well tain't Hemingway I guess--but if the parents together provide over half the support of the child, the custodial parent gets the deduction, unless the he/she waives it through Form 8332 or similar agreement.
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