Halloween can be a great holiday for co-parenting because there are no complicated dinners, family gatherings, or long-distance travel arrangements. However, it can also be extremely difficult, especially if you co-parent.
By following the tips below, you can provide a smooth and fun Halloween for your child.
- Review Your Custody Agreement in Advance
If there is no established holiday schedule determining who will get the child on a specific day, it may create tension. If there is a schedule in place, it is best practice to ensure the parent with custody gets the child on Halloween. If there isn’t one in place and you get along with your ex, consider taking the child trick-or-treating together. If you don’t get along, maybe one parent can do something at school with the child on Halloween and the other can take the child trick-or-treating later on.
- Make the Most Out of the Holiday
There is more to Halloween than just trick-or-treating. October is a month of many Fall activities, such as going to the pumpkin patch, creating costumes, attending special events, and going to school functions. If you and your ex are on good terms, you might consider taking your child to some of these events together. If you would rather not spend that much time with your ex, you can split the events between the two of you.
- Don’t Be Petty
If you and your ex are not on the best of terms, don’t bring your child into the mix. For example, if you and your child are carving pumpkins and they would like to make one for your ex, let them. Continue to foster your child’s relationship with their other parent and encourage them to express their love how they see fit.
If you and your ex decide to split Halloween, you should still keep your ex involved by sending them pictures. Whether it be a picture of your child all decked out in their costume or of the pumpkin they carved, it’s important to keep the other parent in the loop so they aren’t left out of important life events.
Prevent a Spooky October
If you don’t have a child custody arrangement and are having trouble establishing a plan, our attorneys can help you. We have an expansive knowledge of all custody issues and can guide you to a peaceful resolution.
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