Irving, TX asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas

Q: Do I have a right to the $500 stimulus payment my ex recieved for a child who has since moved in with me?

With my blessing, my ex claimed our 2 children on our 2019 tax return. Since filing, one of those children has lived exclusively with me. My ex received $2,200 as a COVID stimulus, $500 of that intended for the son who now lives with me, but he has not offered to give us the money. Do I have a legal right to ask?

2 Lawyer Answers
Chad Zubi
Chad Zubi
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Humble, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I don’t believe that you would have a right to the $500.00, unless there is a court order saying otherwise, and it likely isn’t worth the cost to ask a court for him to give you the $500.

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Bryan, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: You can ask for anything, but that does not mean you will get it. You do not have a legal right to the funds, but could possible get a Court Order requiring that the $500 be turned over to you. Have you you tried simply asking your ex to give it to you based on fairness?

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