I am 20 and my mother claimed me on her income when I was 19 and pregnant for my daughter, My daughter is now 2months old. She is telling me if I move out she will call the cops on me because I am claimed on her income an I have to live with her until I'm 23. Can she legally do this? My mother is insanely manipulative and controlling. I just want to move out with my boyfriend and my daughter an I don't know what to do.
The general rule is that a Vermont resident becomes a legal adult on their eighteenth birthday. Being claimed as a dependent on someone's income taxes has nothing to do with whether they are a legal adult competent to make their own decisions about their life.
Once you turn 18 years old, you have reached majority age and you are your own boss. If you are dependent upon your mother and live with her, she can claim you as a dependent on her tax return. However, you can move out at any time. Your mother is wrong.
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