Definition of a dependent child as of October 24, 2017
Children qualify as dependents 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 21 years, 11 months, and 29 days old.
- You are no longer a dependent on your 22th birthday.
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