Q: I have legal custody over my son, I pay support, his mother has no income and is on welfare,can I claim him as dependnt
Child support is to start on the first of next month , my time is approx. 16% custody.
The parent that has the child for the majority of the year can claim the child. The custodial parent can sign a form allowing the non-custodial parent to take the dependency deduction. But there is no basis for claiming Head of Household, etc. unless you have the child for the majority of the year.
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