Can someone who is not related to my child claim them as a dependent on their taxes?
Asked by: Jesica Hogan
We recently got custody of our 14 year old cousin/nephew who was living with my husband’s mother. She was not taking very good care of him and the courts signed him over to us. We got custody of him in August and my mother in law’s boyfriend, who is not even related to him and pays no bills in her house told me he was going to claim him on his taxes. Can he do this? I know you can claim someone as a dependent if you’ve supported them more than 6 months out of the year but, can you claim them if you aren’t related to them? Do I have the right to say whether or not he can or can’t?
He did not live with me officially until August. We received legal custody of him August 3. However he stayed with us in the month of July. Several people, including DFACS and his counselor can verify that.
He is my husband’s blood cousin. The mother has never had custody of him, he has been a ward of the state since he was 15 months old. My mother in law cannot claim him because she is disabled and received SSI and does not work, therefor she has her boyfriend file him every year, which he has done until now. I can claim him because I have done it before. My question was not whether or not I can claim him, that is not up for discussion. My question was Do I have the right to say whether that non-relative can claim him being as I have custody of him now. I provided more than 1/2 support being as the low life boyfriend didn’t pay any bills and never bought him anything. As far as support, the state has provided for him with FOODSTAMPS and TANF. In other words, my mother in law has received a check for him and has never used the check to take care of him, hence the fact he was removed from her custody because of this.