Who can claim children when custody is disputed?

My wife and I were given custody of our three nieces for part of the year in 2014. During the time they were with us, we received the standard support payments as if they were our own children. I am sure their parents will be claiming them for 2014, but can we as well? I understand that Revenue Canada says "If you have shared custody of the child throughout the year but cannot agree who will claim the amount, neither one of you can make this claim." That doesn't seem fair. I don't claim the kids, what is to stop the parents from claiming and taking the full deduction? The parents will not communicate nor will they agree to sign anything.


If you are not in position to come to an agreement with the parents then you cannot claim.
Fair or not, parents have the right to claim a child depedant unless a court has decided otherwise.
You can contact CRA, but I really doubt anyone there will say anything different.
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