The number of weeks you were separated from your spouse or common-law partner determines the amount of child care expenses that can be claimed by either spouse.
In most tax scenarios, the parent with the lower income must claim child care expenses. However, if you and your spouse or common-law partner were separated and living apart on December 31, but got back together within the first 60 days of the following year, you’re both considered to be supporting persons of an eligible child and either spouse may claim a portion of child care expenses, based on the number of weeks of separation.
Where can I learn more?
- Updating your marital status (CRA website)