Who gets to claim a child on their tax return?

My ex and I are trying to come to an agreement on child support payments. He is willing to pay $650 a month but who will get to claim the child on their taxes? We are both low income.

Asked on July 3, 2016 under Family Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The one who provides the majority of the economic support for the child is generally the one who gets to claim the child for tax purposes: claiming a child on your taxes, after all, offsets the monetary/financial cost of the child, so it the person who provides the bulk of that support who should get the benefit. If the $650/month would be more than 50% of the money spent on the child, he should get to claim the child; if it's less than 50%, you--who would be providing/paying for the rest--should.


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