Q: Ex wants me to either inc. my child support from $371 to $718 or let her claim child for taxes. What is better option?NC
My support of $371 was for 2 children per Worksheet B when she was making more income and I was making less. One child turned 18 and support automatically dropped. I don't know how much tax benefit she would receive by being able to claim the younger child going further ?(daughter 14).
A: In order to truly evaluate your answer, I would need more information—I.e. your income, her income, extraordinary expenses, what does your previous custody order say, etc.
A: Child support is determined by guidelines - plug in your incomes and out pops a child support amount. So it ought to be simple 3rd grade adding and subtracting to figure out which option is better. Assuming you have been claiming the child for tax purposes, then which is more - the $4kish increase or the tax refund attributable to the child? Besides who says you have to do either? Consult with a local family law attorney and see whats what. It may end up you get to keep claiming the child for tax purposes and pay less child support. If so, that'd learn her to quit poking about into things.
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