I pay child support and I am not the custodial parent. can I claim my daughter on my taxes?
Her mother and I were never married.
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If you pay more than 50% of her support, you are entitled to the deduction, unless a divorce agreement or other document allocates the deduction another way.
It is possible. For a non-custodial parent to claim a child as a dependent Federal law requires that they obtain a Form 8332 from the custodial parent. See my Legal Guide "Claiming your Children as Dependents" on this site under my name.
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Mr. Lively has the more accurate answer. For more details you can go to my legal guide entitled Divorced or Separated Parents Determination of Dependency Exemption,
http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/divorced-or-separated-parents-determination-of-dependency-exemption for more details.
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