Q: Who gets the benefits for Covid relief and dependent tax credit due to custody change in year 2020. See more details!

My ex ended up claiming the kids on taxes and received all the COVID relief money 1st, 2nd, and it looks like the 3rd. Below is the history and im looking for who is the rightful owner of this. Also Ive tried discussing it with the other party several times and the reply i get is "not up for discussion".

- End of 2019 we were back into court and a temp order of 50-50 was declared during the case. i was still ordered to pay a large amount in child support considering a 50-50 split.

- at the end of sept 2020 it was declared to have me as the primary at a 25/75 splint my favor. during all of this i also paid for all medical, daycare and child support.

- as of toady i haven't received any support that has been ordered by the courts to be paid from the other parent.

2020 physical time was 57% me

2020 financially was: hard to guess but I paid child support at 1k a month all the way till dec due to Covid restraints on getting a final order made.I paid for all child care, and medical

2 Lawyer Answers
Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If you have primary custody, you can claim the children as dependents. You can't do anything about the COVID relief money. If your ex owes you child support since September, you can file a contempt for that.

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleague. The parent with primary custody can claim the child as dependents. When it comes to the COVID relief money it just depends on who the government sends it to, which is likely based off of their tax returns and who claimed them as dependents.

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