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Options for handling Halloween parenting time disputes

Today is arguably the best day of the year for candy lovers. Halloween night is the one day each year where Snickers, Kit-Kat, Skittles and Mike and Ikes are in high demand. It is also the one day of the year where wearing a costume is the norm, instead of the exception. Because of this, kids probably relish Halloween in the same way they look for presents on Christmas Day.

For parents, Halloween is a special time as well. Most parents like taking their kids trick-or-treating. However, parents who are divorcing or are separated may have issues deciding who will go with the child, and in which neighborhood they will walk through for candy.

Ideally, both parents would go with the child; regardless of their respective situations. Unfortunately, warring parents may want their way and may confuse the best interests of the child for their own interests.

So what is a parent to do if they have issues with parenting time on Halloween (or any other holiday, for that matter).

Getting a court order that details parenting time is ideal. An order would mean that a parent’s right to parenting time would be protected by law, meaning that a parent who does not follow the court’s order, or who interferes with parenting time could be held in contempt of court, and could even face time in jail.

Of course, there are options for parents without going to court. Having a parenting time expeditor or mutually respected third party to help resolve disputes could be quicker and less expensive than going to court.

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