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Old 11-25-2020, 12:24 PM
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We share 50/50 custody of our 2 kids. I believe my ex is taking 100% of the child tax benefit. I don't qualify as I make over $150k. How do I find out if she is doing this? She won't do any additional financial disclosure - I've asked for the records per our sep agreement.
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Old 11-25-2020, 12:35 PM
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If you dont qualify but she does what is the big deal? You have off set support correct? The amount is more than likely minimal and is used for a roof over their heads. Is this really a hill to die on?


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Old 11-25-2020, 12:36 PM
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Let us assume for the sake of the argument that she is making the claim.

Now what? How does this affect anything?
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Old 11-25-2020, 01:58 PM
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Yes, lets say for argument sake its relevant to an overall story (additional 6,000 in the bank account and refusing to work). How would I find out?
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Old 11-25-2020, 02:04 PM
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Have you argued to have an imputed income? That would be the first step in the process. Then depending on why she doesnt work, you could argue that all of the extra benefits she gets should be considered income for imputation.

Just for shits and giggles. If her income is $24,000 (or imputed minimum wage) and you add the annual $6000. Its only a difference of about $100 a month. You are going to fight with her over $100 a month which realistically is going to cover living expenses of which the kids enjoy? If her income is 24 and your is 150, the extra 6000 a year provides more of a benefit to the kids.


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Old 11-25-2020, 02:58 PM
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I thought government benefits are not included as income?

Other than pure vindictiveness, I fail to see how this can help OP at all.
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I thought government benefits are not included as income?

Other than pure vindictiveness, I fail to see how this can help OP at all.

They arent. I have a feeling this is more about the ex not working and a high income earner not liking having to pay so much.

Let this be a lesson to anyone setting an agreement. Make sure the government benefits element is dealt with in your agreement and there are conditions regarding one partner deciding not to work.

Or file for imputation of income!


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Old 11-25-2020, 03:08 PM
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While I appreciate your responses and assumed conclusions ... My question is.... is there a way to find out if the children's benefit is being paid at 100% or 50%. Can you inquire on behalf of the child?
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Even if he gets income imputed, it isn't going to change much. The difference between 150+k and 10k is pretty much the same as the difference between 150+k and 25k.
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Old 11-25-2020, 03:12 PM
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While I appreciate your responses and assumed conclusions ...
If you want to be judged only behind your back, hire a lawyer.

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My questions is.... is there a way to find out if the children's benefit is being paid at 100% or 50%. Can you inquire on behalf of the child?
Just claim the child yourself. If she is claiming it at 100% and you claim it at 50%, CRA will get annoyed and stop paying her.

It's a dick move that hurts your kid and doesn't help you, but perhaps you have your reasons.
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