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He was not away at school. There was a falling out, and he went to stay with his friends (at their parents house) about a week before graduation
The kid doesn't meet the residency test (at least 6 months in the home) to be a qualifying child. He fails the gross income test for a qualifying relative.

I wonder about that. I wonder if the kid wasn't required, under the terms of the guardianship, to be a resident at the guardian's home, and he was "just visiting" at the friends' house. [Which raises a question in my mind about the legal risks the friend's parents may have incurred.]

He wouldn't have to be physically present in the guardian's home if he WAS away at school, or in the military, or in jail, for that matter.

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