We have joint custody and the child has lived with me for 10 years without any monetary help
from the father. He has lived with his father for 11 months and I have still paid for all of the
child's expenses including school uniforms, play clothes, church clothes, school fees, school field trips, tennis lessons,karate lessons and fees for tournaments even bought groceries and delivered to the home for him.
The father only worked a few months out of the year, While I am retired on a fixed income and still take the child to all medical and other appointments. With no help at all from the father.
Why is the father able to claim the child on income tax return when the child only sleeps at his residence?
Residence of the child is a key factor. The law assumes residing equals support. But it is not carved in stone. If you want to claim the child, talk with your tax person and the father so only one person makes the claim to the greatest tax advantage.
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