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To claim HOH while you are still married you would need to live apart for the last 6 month of the year and have to provide home for a qualifying dependent. A qualifying child for HOH purposes must life with the taxpayer more than 6 month. So yes, it is possible if you separated no later than Jun 30. If both of you claim Head of household the IRS most likely request children's proof of residency: school records, medical records or any other official records with your address and child's name.