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If the parties don't get it resolved themselves through amended returns, the IRS will sort it out for them, inquiring of all for the pertinent facts and proof. When they become aware of the problem, if the earlier filing was incorrect the later filer should just go ahead and file on paper, since it's probably not going to get resolved in time for an electronic filing.

In my real case, I'm sure it'll get straightened out just fine. Personally, I do my kids' taxes for which they are incredibly grateful. For my oldest for whom 2003 will be confusing, I'll do a couple of scenarios and then talk to her.

In a hypothetical situation that I'm curious about, if someone was divorced and the other party went against a divorce agreement on dependency, does this mean that the IRS would enforce the original divorce agreement ?

rad
still with the original spouse:)
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