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Author: makasha Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121592  
Subject: Re: Dependents, divorce decrees, and custody Date: 10/23/2013 4:49 PM
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"My opinion was: the IRS doesn't care WHAT the divorce decree says, they have their own rules about dependents, and it matters who provides more than half the support for the child(ren) in question. "

In order, right and wrong. What matters is who has the child more than 50% of the time during the year. That person is the "custodial" parent and controls the child's personal exemption. See Publication 501.

Thank you, of course you're right. I think I was thinking of the older teen, who will be off to college in the next tax year. In the case of kid away at college (or even HOME, going to nearby college), is it providing over5 50% of his/her support that determines whether a parent can claim the dependent exemption?

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