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So it seems to me that if the form included does have all the information required on Form 8332, it would be acceptable. That information appears to include SS# of both parents, child's name, year (in this case, even years), and the signature of the custodial parent, then you'd probably be okay. Including the proof of meeting the requirement couldn't hurt.

If Phil, Peter, or Ira wish still wish to disagree, I would take their word stronger than mine, that's for sure. But by the wording of the IRS, if you have a 8332 substitute, that should be okay. And it seems to make no difference whether they are divorced or never married.
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But the problem, as posed in the OP, was that the custodial parent refused to sign, and there lies the problem.

Now if you claim the kid without the 8332, you'll get into a correspondence audit if not the personal kind, and may, with the right documentation, be able to persuade a live IRS person you're entitled to the exemption. But I haven't tried that route myself.

As Phil (I believe) stated above, your only other recourse is to get the divorce lawyer(s) back into the act if she continues to refuse.

Bill
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