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Divorce, Kids and Taxes: Which Parent Claims Dependents if the Decree is Silent?

While few of us look forward to filing our taxes, newly divorced parents probably dread it more than most. Filing individual tax returns post-divorce raises the thorny question of which parent may claim a child as a qualifying dependent. Most of the time, a divorce decree or parenting plan will list specifically who can claim…

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Scheduling Holidays with Children After Divorce

When parents divorce in Missouri, the law requires that parents draw up a parenting plan that includes a detailed schedule for all holidays, school vacations, birthdays and other special occasions. Because holidays and special days don’t always fall within the regular visitation schedule, divorcing co-parents will need to be flexible. Major holidays can be shared…