Dependent Child (21 Years & Under)

Definition of a dependent child as of October 24, 2017

Children qualify as dependents if they meet both of these requirements

  1. they’re under 22 years old, AND
  2. they don’t have a spouse or common-law partner.

Understanding Under 22 Years old:   

Step 1

  • 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 21 years, 11 months, and 29 days old.
  • You are no longer a dependent on your 22th birthday.

Step 2

Your dependent 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 dependent
  • He/She is not in a marriage/common-law relationship: YES is a dependent