A single mother of two had found herself navigating child support matters with her ex-husband. The two individuals had set up a legal agreement to make this navigation easier, but little did the woman realize that the man was hiding something that would complicate things significantly.
A Past Agreement
Upon divorcing, the adults had formed a custody agreement that would allow the mother to have priority. However, four nights a month, the father would have the children.
Child Support Claims
The woman explained how this arrangement affects the adults’ tax relief claims. “We agreed to allow him to claim the oldest child as long as support payments were up to date… if not, I’d claim this for myself”.
A 6k Arrears Situation
However, the woman found herself in a challenging financial situation. Her ex-husband had fallen behind on his support payments by a significant $6,000. In response, she decided to exercise their agreement and claim both children on her taxes.
Claims of Unfairness
The man did not take kindly to his ex-wife’s move. “He responded with some expletive words and told me that since I make more than him (66% of our collective income), and that I didn’t need the money”, she explained.
Tax Return Rejection
Regardless, they moved forward with the woman’s new plan in mind. However, when she went to file her tax returns, her submission was promptly rejected, citing that her son had already been claimed.
A Manual Claim
The woman was unsure why this was happening but recognized that it could be sorted through a manual tax filing. “I ended up submitting my taxes manually, providing copies of our parenting plan, custody agreement, proof of support arrears, and our email exchange stating my intent”, she explained.
Resolution and Garnished Returns
At long last, the woman’s tax return was accepted, and her ex-husband’s garnished returns brought some relief. However, the matter was far from over.
Surprising News From the IRS
Recently, the woman’s ex-husband informed her that the IRS had communicated that he was not entitled to claim their child, leaving him with a $6,000 debt.
Questioning Her Involvement
“He asked if I was aware and if I had claimed our oldest”, the woman recounted. “I explained the circumstances and that yes, I had challenged his filing by exercising our previously laid out agreement.”
A Moral Dilemma
In response to this discovery, the man was no longer willing to talk to his ex-wife. The woman felt that all had been fair, and her actions had only been the result of exactly what they had agreed on. However, she did feel bad for the man, wondering if she had been too harsh in leading to him being unexpectedly visited by the IRA.
The Internet Weighs in
The woman decided to post her conundrum online, asking internet strangers what they thought about the matter. “He had zero right to claim the children, you went after what was rightfully yours”, one person stated. “You had agreed that he could claim one child as long as he kept up with paying child support on time. He failed on his part of that agreement spectacularly.”
Online Legal Experts
Many internet enthusiasts of law flooded the thread to offer their two cents. “His false claim blocked your valid claim”, another person pointed out. “He wasn’t stealing from the IRS, as he thinks; he was stealing from YOU. He already owes you money. Why would he think you’d allow that to go on when there was something you could do about it?”
“Your ex messed around, playing stupid games, and winning negative $6,000 in stupid prizes”, another reader laughed. “He’s a walking, talking example of why those phrases exist. You warned him and have nothing to feel bad about. Hopefully, he’ll get current on those payments before this happens again!”
Not Her Fault
The woman was relieved to find that there wasn’t a single comment defending the man. “You just claimed what you were eligible for”, a final commenter wrote. “It’s not your fault he claimed something he wasn’t entitled to.”
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