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Celebrating Halloween When Separated

In Child Custody, Parenting, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Holidays are among the most fun times you have as a parent. Among these holidays, Halloween is near the top of anyone’s list. There are really cute costumes, happy kids, and tons of candy. When you are separated or divorced, there is only one Halloween night, which means that only one parent can actually trick or treat with them. Despite this, even if you miss the actual Halloween night, there are still opportunities for you to celebrate with your children and to have a memorable time celebrating this fun holiday. Alternate costume—even if you don’t have the children on Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t have your own costume event. Buy or make costumes with your children and have your own dress-up event at home, with games and treats. Decorate your …

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Halloween Fun with the Children

In Parenting by Sarah Hink

Happy Halloween! With October 31st right around the corner, you have no doubt noticed pumpkin patches and costume stores popping up everywhere, pumpkins at the grocery store, and aisles of Halloween costumes and candy at Target and Wal-Mart. Even if you are weary of all the money you are about to spend this season, Halloween is a great time to be a parent. Whether you have younger or older children, there are fun events available to entertain them. We would like to offer some friendly Halloween entertainment suggestions throughout the month. So even if you don’t have the children on Halloween night this year (which is on a Tuesday), there are still a plethora of options to celebrate with them. For the Whole Family If you have the children on …

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All Treats, No Tricks: Tips for Co-Parenting this Halloween

In Child Custody by Sarah Hink

Halloween after divorce does not have to be scary, even if you are sharing custody of the children with your ex.  Sometimes your separation agreement or custody order may speak to how you are to split the fall holiday, either with the non-custodial parent getting a few hours that day or by alternating the holiday annually. However, many times Halloween is not addressed alongside the major holidays in ordinary custody arrangements, or perhaps you do not yet have a formalized custody agreement. Regardless, Halloween can still be happy and fun for both parents and child, and should be! Here are a few tips to help make co-parenting on Halloween a treat for everyone: Actively communicate As always, everyone’s case is different, but, if it is possible, both parents should be …