Definition of a dependent child as of October 24, 2017
Children qualify as dependants if they meet both of these requirements
- they’re under 22 years old, AND
- they don’t have a spouse or common-law partner.
- You cannot be 22 years old, you must be under 22 years old. The trick word is “under.”
- You can be 21 years old.
- You can be 0, 1, 2,….17, 18, 19, 20, and 21 years old.
Your dependant is 21 and under, the next step is to consider if he or she is married or in a common-law relationship.
- He/She is in a marriage/common-law relationship: NO is not a dependant
- He/She is not in a marriage/common-law relationship: YES is a dependant