Can I stop paying child support if the children live with me full-time now?

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Can I stop paying child support if the children live with me full-time now?

We have joint custody. The children are ages 16, and 8. Currently, she claims one child on her taxes, and I claim the other, but like I said, I am paying for 100% of their expenses. How do I begin to modify the divorce to show what the real situation is? We were divorced 4 years ago. If I raise my 2 children full-time and pay for all their expenses is there a way I can stop paying child support? They have lived with me for 2 years. Also, can I claim them on my taxes?

Asked on January 22, 2012 under Family Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

All that you are asking here - and there is a lot - needs to be dealt with by mking a motion to modify your order of support that has been in place since you were divorced. With out reading the particulars of the agreement and order, it appears that you have a valid basis for reduction and maybe elimination and for your ex to be providing youwith support. And yes, address the taxes issue as well.  Good luck.


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