Q: Non custodial parent zero parenting time/zero custody has kept kids (2 of them) stimulus checks is this fair?
I have full custody and there has been zero contact w/non custodial parent who gets exemption every other year due to divorce decree. He kept their stimulus (2 kids) and is going to keep the extra child tax in July - the tax to end child poverty that he has had no children in his care - at all. Can I request this money be turned over to my kids? Non custodial parent is non existent in children's lives.
A: If you are unmarried and filing separate tax returns, the stimulus check is based on each person' prior income and is not specifically intended to go to children so each party would keep his or her own. As for the extra child tax credit, it depends on what your agreement says. However generally, the person taking the credits/exemptions for the children for that particular year would take the extra tax credit as well unless your order says something different. You could request to modify through court the alternating credit if the noncustodial parent does not have any time with the children.
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