I have physical custody of my minor children, but my ex and I share legal custody. Can I move with my children from Grand Rapids to Petoskey?

Only with permission from your ex or, if your ex does not agree, with permission from the court. Michigan law presumes that your children have a legal residence with both parents. Because you share legal custody of your children with your ex, you can only move more than 100 miles from that residence if your ex agrees, or if not, with a court order granted after a hearing.

On the other hand, if you had sole legal custody of your children, you could move more than 100 miles without permission from your ex and without court order.

Michigan Family Law: Are Child Support Payments Tax Deductible?

No. Child support payments are not included in the taxable income of the spouse receiving said child support and therefore cannot be deducted from the taxable income of the spouse who is making the support payments.

Michigan Family Law: If Parents are Divorced, which Parent is Entitled to the Tax Exemption for the Children?

As we prepare to file our income tax returns, divorced or separated parents of minor children often wonder - or fight over - which parent gets to claim the dependency tax exemption for the children. If the parents file a joint return, this is not an issue.

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