Because it is one of the less significant holidays, many divorced families tend to overlook details regarding Halloween celebration. For many children, however, Halloween is a particularly fun and exciting time because it offers the opportunity to dress up and get candy. If you are divorced or separated from a spouse, it is important to follow some of the basic pieces of advice that are reviewed in this article. It is also important to remember that if you run into significant problems, the assistance of a seasoned family law attorney can be particularly helpful.
Examine What Your Parenting Plan Says
Some parenting plans include details about how Halloween should be celebrated. If your parenting plan does contain instructions about Halloween, you should make sure to follow this agreements unless you agree on something else with the other parent. If Halloween was not included in your parenting plan, you should contact the other parent to discuss how matters will be handled. Some parents are able to agree on parenting plants in which one parent attends the school party and other parent takes the child to go trick-or-treating.
Avoid Placing Your Child in the Middle of Things
If any disagreements arise about how Halloween will be handled, it is critical to avoid placing your child in the middle of things. This means that parents should not attempt to play the child’s preference for how Halloween should be spent against the other parent. Instead, you should make decisions about the child’s care as parents and avoid taking sides.
If it possible to do so, you should attempt to establish a shared plan with the other parent. Sometimes, if the other parent lives a particularly long distance away, it is impossible to engage in shared holidays. If it is possible to do so, however, it is often helpful for the child.
Act Kindly Toward the Other Parent
Regardless of what agreement you are able to reach with the other parent about Halloween, you should remember to be nice. Fighting with the other parent will only serve to ruin your child’s ability to enjoy the holiday.
Anticipate Upcoming Holidays
The best approach to create a good holiday plan is to fully address issues before the holiday occurs. Waiting until just a few days before Halloween to create a plan can lead to numerous difficulties. Instead, by planning ahead, you can give children an idea about what to expect well in advance.
Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
Halloween signals the beginning of several holidays that are about to occur over the next month. If you encounter any difficulties navigating this season with a current or former spouse, it is often a wise idea to obtain the assistance of an experienced attorney. At Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C., we understand the complicated issues involved with divorce and remain committed to making sure that cases resolve positively. Contact our law office today to schedule an initial free case evaluation.