How Can I Manage Child Custody on Halloween in New York?

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One of the impacts of divorce that a family may face overtime is spending the holidays with their children. To help these matters, parents often create a parenting time agreement in which they designate which holidays each parent gets to spend with their child. This can include major holidays as well as Halloween. Continue reading below to learn more about how to handle these matters and contact an experienced New York family law attorney for guidance.

Tips for Sharing Custody on Halloween

Halloween is a fun tradition for families. It provides parents with years full of memories of their children dressing up in costume and trick-or-treating around their neighborhood. However, parents of divorce do not always get to spend this holiday with their child every year. If parents are unable to agree regarding this day, it is important to know there are ways to handle this matter. The following are tips that can help:

  • Share the night. If possible, parents may be able to work out an agreement that allows them to both spend Halloween with their child. They may be if they split the night into shifts so they can both take the child around their respective neighborhoods. On the other hand, parents may be able to put aside their differences for the night and go trick-or-treating together with their child.
  • Other Halloween events. Over the years, Halloween has turned into more than just one day. The days and weeks leading up to it provide their own activities for families to participate in. If one parent does not have their child on the day of Halloween, they can take them to other events, such as pumpkin patches, early trick-or-treating events, fall activities, etc.
  • Alternate years. If parents are not able to split the night of Halloween, they may be able to take alternative years. This means parents switch on and off every year, allowing them both the opportunity to spend the holiday with their child. 
  • Adult parties. Children are not the only ones who take part in Halloween. Many adults dress up and celebrate with their own festivities. In doing so, it is important to be conscious of your behavior and posting on social media, as it has the potential to harm a custody agreement. 

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