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How to share custody of your child on Halloween with your ex

Many parents enjoy the thought of seeing their children dressed up as their favorite storybook character, a superhero, or maybe just a cute little pumpkin. If you are your ex and divorced though, finding a way for both of you to enjoy time with your child on a holiday like Halloween can be far from easy to do.

When working out a custody agreement with your ex, you'll want to think long and hard about how you wish to spend holidays with your children. If you're big into celebrating these occasions, you'll want to ensure that the parenting plan you and your ex agree to accounts for that.

If both you and your child's other parent want to spend time with him or her on that particular day, you might wish to draft some type of flexible agreement that allows you to do just that. For parents who live close to one another, the child's mom may elect to have her child spend the earlier part of the holiday with her and then wrap it up with dad.

It's important how your children wish to enjoy their holiday, but asking them questions about who they prefer to spend a holiday with is not healthy for them. It makes children feel like they're being asked to choose between one parent or another. If given a choice, children will probably choose to split their day between both parents. When splitting up the day is not an option, parents will have to decide for them.

This is often the case when you and your ex live too far apart from one another or can't split up the day. In cases like this, there may be other seasonal events that you and your child can enjoy together such as fall festivals, costume parties, and pumpkin patches. One parent may even prefer to handle one aspect of Halloween preparations, such as picking out the costume, while the other handles pumpkin carving instead.

Custody issues can be difficult for parents to resolve on their own without help. In situations in which that is the case, it may be necessary to have a Louisiana family law attorney help you broker a custody agreement that each of you finds to be fair.

Source: Holliston Patch, "Trick or Treat Tips for Divorced Parents: Plan Ahead So Both Parents Can Enjoy Halloween Fun With Your Child," Laura Meade Kirk, accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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