I am currently legally seperated pending a divorce in progress. Its nearing tax time and I need to know where I stand when it comes to who claims our daughter as a dependant on our taxes and who gets the tax credit. We have a shared custody order in place which gives us 50 50 custody. We just seperated in september and since then we have traded our daughter back and forth every other week. I worked for the first two months of the year and was forced to resort to SSI due to cancer and chemo therapy. My wife has not worked in two years and started collecting welfare in march of this year and still does today. Even on SSI I have been the bread winner and majority provider for her and our daughter. I know my wife/ex-wife is going to do all she can to claim our daughter and collect the money. I am not really worried about the money its more the fact that I will use it for our daughter, the wife will not. I am guessing since I am the only one of us two with an actual work income for the year and have been the provider that I should be the one to claim our daughter, but I need to know where I stand before the last minute.