Sharing Child Custody on Halloween in New Jersey

No parent wants to give up time with their child, especially on a holiday. However, when parents are divorced, these matters can be difficult. Divorced parents maintain a custody and parenting agreement that outlines the time they each have with their child. These agreements usually designates the holidays parents can spend with their children, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and sometimes Halloween. Continue reading below to learn more about how this holiday can be shared.

Tips for Sharing Custody on Halloween

Halloween can be an exciting time of year for families. Many parents love to dress their children up in costumes and experience trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with them. However, divorce parents may not always get to do this every year. If parents cannot reach an agreement regarding who gets to spend Halloween with their child, there are ways to manage the issue that allows both parents to make the most out of the holiday. This may be possible through the help of the following tips:

  • Share the night. Sometimes, parents may be able to work out a plan that allows both of them to take their child out trick-or-treating on the night of Halloween. This may be if they split the night into shifts or if they can put aside their differences to spend a few hours together with their child for one night. 
  • Other Halloween events. Over the years, Halloween has become more of a season than just one day. The days and weeks surrounding the day often include a variety of activities and parties for families to participate in. If a parent does not have time with their child on the night of Halloween, they can take them to a pumpkin patch, fall fair, or early trick-or-treating event when they do have their time.
  • Alternate years. Not all parents can split the night of Halloween with their former spouse. Instead, it may benefit some co-parents to have alternate years. This means every year parents switch on and off to allow the other the chance to spend Halloween with their child. 
  • Adult parties. Children are not the only ones who participate in Halloween activities. There are many adults who also dress up in costume and celebrate their own way. However, in doing so, it is crucial to keep your behavior in check so that it does not potentially damage your custody agreement. 

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