We have a three year old. His father sees him a couple times a week. His dad doesn't make much $. But he makes sure to give me half the daycare money each week. We switch buying his milk and pull-ups and snacks. I claim my son on my taxes. Always have since I pay for 90% of his stuff other than daycare. His dad asked me why do I claim him? Simple. He lives with me and I pay for almost everything. I use the daycare credit and pay the daycare ahead so we don't have to pay for that month. And I take a chunk of that tax return money and put it in his savings/college fund. It's not like I use the $ for me. He asked if he would be able to claim him in the future, if he was more financially secure. I said no. His friends switch who claims their kids and split the $ he said. What if I'm in a jam, will u give me the $ he asked. No. I told him that was our son's $. If I'm in a jam I rely on credit cards or do without. Am I being unreasonable? I don't think so. He wants the $ for him. I put the $ for my son's savings. I will probably always make more than him. And my son will probably always live mostly with me. Do you claim your child?
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