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Can grandparents claim grandchild

Asked by: Lynn Maroadi 804 views ITA Discussion

Grandchild has lived with us since the day she was born.  The parents do not, the dad claims her on his income tax and she 1) she doesn’t live with him ever.  2) we get no child support at all.  3) We paid $7200 in daycare for her so we can go to work.  Question:  Can we claim her and the daycare.

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  1. Amanda on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    You can claim the child if she lived with you more than 6 months out of the year. All that you have to prove is that she lived with you and that you paid child-care. If you tell the IRS that the father has claimed her for the past years, then they will audit him and give the credit to you. Plus, the IRS will give you credit for child-care expenses.

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  2. Amanda on Jan 23, 2013 Reply

    Oh, and you can sue him in family court for custody and child-support.

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  3. Tina Tudor on Jan 01, 2014 Reply

    I have 3 granddaughters whom have lived in my home for 5 years. I don’t have legal custody, my daughter does, but she does not live with us. Visitation rights are the usual for the girls with their dads. There are 3 different dads. They all pay a small amount of child support, of which I will add that I receive none of, my daughter keeps it. I pay for all their care, clothing, food, I take off work when they have Doctor and dentist appointments. And I have claimed them on my income taxes for these years. Until now, I have not had a problem doing so. Now all of a sudden one of the dads wants to claim the child, and my daughters says that he has every right simply because he pays child support. We live in Oklahoma. By all legal rights, and because they live in my home other than standard visitation, who has the right to claim them. Keep in mind that I get no help from either father or mother finance wise on supporting these children. Am I or Am I Not the one who has the right to claim said children on my income taxes.

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