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Joe Finer
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      01-25-2004, 09:35 PM
My wife and I got divorced in January of 1998 and she gave
me custody of our three children so she could go chasing
rainbows. We did not hear a word from her until September
of 2002. I took her back and we had another child in 2003.
She had 0 income for 2003. I know I can claim 4 children
for 2003. Can I claim my ex-wife also?

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      01-27-2004, 09:20 AM
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> My wife and I got divorced in January of 1998 and she gave
> me custody of our three children so she could go chasing
> rainbows. We did not hear a word from her until September
> of 2002. I took her back and we had another child in 2003.
> She had 0 income for 2003. I know I can claim 4 children
> for 2003. Can I claim my ex-wife also?


Did she live with you for all of 2003? Did you provide more
than half her support? If the answer to both questions is
yes, then you can claim her as a dependent.

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      01-27-2004, 09:40 AM
(E-Mail Removed) (Joe Finer) writes:

> My wife and I got divorced in January of 1998 and she gave
> me custody of our three children so she could go chasing
> rainbows. We did not hear a word from her until September
> of 2002. I took her back and we had another child in 2003.
> She had 0 income for 2003. I know I can claim 4 children
> for 2003. Can I claim my ex-wife also?


If she lived with you for all of 2003 she meets the
relationship/member of household test. If she meets the
other four tests (see Pub 501), she qualifies as your
dependent.

Phil Marti
Topeka, KS

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      01-27-2004, 09:59 AM
Joe Finer <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> My wife and I got divorced in January of 1998 and she gave
> me custody of our three children so she could go chasing
> rainbows. We did not hear a word from her until September
> of 2002. I took her back and we had another child in 2003.
> She had 0 income for 2003. I know I can claim 4 children
> for 2003. Can I claim my ex-wife also?


If she lived with you the entire year and that living
arrangement does not violate local law, and she meets the
other dependency tests, then yes, she could be your
dependent.

If there is any alimony, it would not be deductible.

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      01-27-2004, 10:53 PM
Joe Finer wrote:

> My wife and I got divorced in January of 1998 and she gave
> me custody of our three children so she could go chasing
> rainbows. We did not hear a word from her until September
> of 2002. I took her back and we had another child in 2003.
> She had 0 income for 2003. I know I can claim 4 children
> for 2003. Can I claim my ex-wife also?


It is possible to claim an ex-wife as a dependent. However,
watch out for any alimony that you should be paying her -
$3000 of it and no dependency deduction.

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      01-27-2004, 11:51 PM
(E-Mail Removed) (Joe Finer) wrote:

> My wife and I got divorced in January of 1998 and she gave
> me custody of our three children so she could go chasing
> rainbows. We did not hear a word from her until September
> of 2002. I took her back and we had another child in 2003.
> She had 0 income for 2003. I know I can claim 4 children
> for 2003. Can I claim my ex-wife also?


As long as you supported her, and she resided with you all
year and did not make 3050 dollars you can file HOH with 4
children and 1 other dependant.

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      01-28-2004, 06:07 PM
> If she lived with you the entire year and that living
> arrangement does not violate local law, and she meets the
> other dependency tests, then yes, she could be your
> dependent.


It does violate Florida Law if you live here. Unmarried
people can't live together.

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      01-29-2004, 12:14 AM
>> If she lived with you the entire year and that living
>> arrangement does not violate local law, and she meets the
>> other dependency tests, then yes, she could be your
>> dependent.


> It does violate Florida Law if you live here. Unmarried
> people can't live together.


I haven't seen any kind of official issuance, but I have the
feeling that the Supremes would toss this one too, given
their decision on same-sex sex.

Phil Marti
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      01-29-2004, 12:34 AM
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>> If she lived with you the entire year and that living
>> arrangement does not violate local law, and she meets the
>> other dependency tests, then yes, she could be your
>> dependent.


> It does violate Florida Law if you live here. Unmarried
> people can't live together.


I'd think a law like that would be unconstitutional.

Stu

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      02-01-2004, 06:06 AM
> I'd think a law like that would be unconstitutional.

It's a second degree misdemeanor punishable by 60 days in
jail or a $500 fine. As you can imagine, it is not enforced.

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