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Halloween doesn't need to be scary after a divorce

It's just a few days until the witches fly, pirates rattle their sabers and goblins appear at your door. Yes, Halloween is here. For parents of young kids, it can be a wonderful evening of walking around your McLean neighborhood, showing off your adorable ghosts and superheroes. For divorced parents, Halloween can sometimes illuminate disagreements over bedtimes, diet, parenting time and holiday schedules, among other difficult child custody disputes.

In some cases, Halloween isn't included in custody agreements, leaving divorced ex's to negotiate terms on candy consumption and who will take the kids out trick or treating.

In other situations, a parent sat down with their family law attorney during the divorce process and went over possibilities for a holiday schedule that included Halloween. Some parents agree to split the afternoon and evening in half, with each parent taking one segment and then alternating the next year.

In that way, kids get to spend time with both parents -- and double up on trick or treating.

Some experts say that's a possible solution to Halloween conflicts. After all, you don't want to ever put your child into the position of having to choose sides or parents for any occasion. It's usually best to assume that under ideal circumstances, your kids want to spend holiday time with both parents -- and construct your holiday plans with that assumption as your starting point.

Halloween does not have to be scary for children whose parents are divorced.

With the help of a family law attorney experienced in helping parents protect their kids in child custody disputes, your family and parental rights are safeguarded.

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