What do you mean by "claim"? Keep the children's money? Count it as their income for child support calculation purposes? Claim it as income on a tax return? Your question is confusing.
Generally, income earned by children belongs to the children. If it exceeds a certain threshold per year, the kids have to pay income taxes on it and file a return. If most of the children's expenses are covered by the custodial parent, and they live with that parent more than 50% of the year, the custodial parent gets the dependency deduction regardless of any income the kids make, whether through summer jobs, camp counseling, baby sitting, lawn mowing, lemonade stand, etc. (or if they're lucky or talented like Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber, through acting or modeling careers, where we're talking about "real money").
What is your question here, and what do you mean by the use of the word "claim"? Generally, the income of the kids has nothing whatsoever to do with anything a parent can "claim".
A tax advisor or accountant is a better resource than a lawyer here.
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Please clarify your question. Is it a tax question or do you mean that the parent took the money from the children?
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