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If the child is providing for more than 50% of its own support, you cannot claim the child as your dependent. The rules for claiming the child are as follows-
In general, to be a taxpayer’s qualifying child, a person must satisfy four tests:
If a child is claimed as a qualifying child by two or more taxpayers in a given year, the child will be the qualifying child of:
if no taxpayer is the child’s parent, the taxpayer with the highest adjusted gross income (AGI)
So it doesnt matter if it is court ordered but, instead needs to meet the four tests instead?
Yes, that is correct. Unless the child qualifies as your dependent, you cannot claim him.
ok, i think this helps. She didn't live with us this past year so, we can't claim her. What is her min yearly earnings that require her to file taxes on her own?
If she does not qualify as someone's dependent than she needs to file if she makes atleast $9,350 in 2010
ok thanks very much. This helps very much.