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Who gets to claim the Tax credit for the Child Dependency Exemption after a divorce?

An exemption is an amount of money you can subtract from your Adjusted Gross Income ("AGI") when calculating your tax burden, which can result in smaller tax bill. Parents may be able to claim an exemption for each qualifying child, called a Child Dependency Exemption ("CDE"). A child can only be claimed by one parent per year. As such, one of the collateral issues to a divorce with children is which parent gets to claim the children as a CDE on their personal tax return.

Fathers actively support new child custody proposal bill

When the relationship between parents comes to an end, children are frequently caught in the middle. In spite of each party's best intentions, child custody agreements often favor one parent over the other. Though Colorado has its own approach when determining parenting plans for minors, many states have recently reviewed how custody is decided.

Those with child custody struggling to receive support payments

Once the final divorce decree has been issued, many may think that the most difficult part is behind them. Unfortunately, those parents who have been awarded child custody may now struggle to make ends meet, especially when the court-ordered support payments do not arrive on a regular basis. There may be many Colorado parents who are either not receiving these vital payments or are finding it difficult to send the money in a timely manner.

Child custody is a challenge for disabled parents

When a Colorado court is faced with a custody challenge, the central focus is supposed to be the best interests of the child. That standard sometimes comes into direct conflict with parental rights, especially in cases where there are issues that are not exactly black or white. An example is found in child custody cases where disabled parents are accused of being unable to meet the needs of their children. 

Paternity fraud can impact child custody, support cases

It is estimated that as many as 30% of men who identify as fathers are unaware that they share no biological link to the children they believe are theirs. That is a frightening statistic, and indicates the presence of widespread paternity fraud in Colorado and across the nation. One group is trying to raise awareness of the issue, in the hopes of helping men avoid child custody and support cases based on fraud. 

Unusual child custody matter sparks outrage

An unusual custody case has led to shock and outrage across the nation. The child custody matter did not take place in Colorado, and involves a convicted rapist and his former victim. The details of the case were so disturbing that a judge who ruled on the matter cut his vacation short to return and suspend his order until further hearings could take place.

Mother arrested in long-standing child custody dispute

Faced with a custody order that is difficult to accept, some Colorado parents may be tempted to act in opposition to that order. Doing so, however, is almost always a bad idea. An example is found in a case in which a mother was arrested for violating a child custody court order by removing the child from her state of residence and concealing the family's whereabouts from the child's father.

One state clarifies child custody for same-sex parents

Most Colorado residents are aware of the landmark United States Supreme Court decision to legitimize same-sex marriage. Since that time, many same-sex couples have struggled in the area of child custody rights. Courts across the nation continue to hear cases in which same-sex parents argue over matters of child custody. One state's Supreme Court recently ruled on the matter, clarifying the application of the Supreme Court ruling to cases before state courts.

Calendar options for children adjusting to child custody changes

For Colorado families with children, adjusting to the changes that come with a divorce can be a difficult process. One of the biggest hurdles for children of divorce is a feeling of utter lack of control. All of a sudden, they are faced with changes to where they will live, with whom they will spend their time and which parent will be present for school events, sporting activities and social gatherings. Coming to terms with those child custody changes is not easy, for parents or for children.

Child custody matter centered on parental intelligence, not abuse

When a child is removed from a parent's care by state authorities, there is usually a disturbing series of events that led up to that decision. In most cases, severe acts of abuse or chronic neglect precede a child custody matter between a parent and the state. There are cases, however, in Colorado and elsewhere, in which state authorities make a determination about the best interests of a child that go against the beliefs and opinions of many in the community. An example is found in one family's struggle to bring their young son back into their home.

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