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Halloween is just one day of the year. When you have kids, the question should be, “How are we celebrating?” but, for divorced parents, the question is, “Who gets the kids?” Which parent gets to spend time with their child on Halloween in a joint custody situation? There are only so many hours to spare on October 31. Your Michigan divorce lawyer can help.

Get It in Writing

Like every other holiday, as well as birthdays and other major occasions, your parenting time agreement and child custody arrangement will identify which parent gets the kids on which holidays and in which years. You will put the details in writing about navigating Halloween after divorce.

Holiday and break parenting time takes precedence over the regular parenting time schedule. Halloween typically falls with the even-numbered years going to the father and odd-numbered years going to the mother. Unless, of course, you are willing to parent amicably enough to share trick-or-treating with your kids.

Divvy Up the Day If You Can

For some parents, celebrating Halloween with their kids only every other year is just not enough. Sometimes, couples can agree to split the festivities of the day to ensure that everyone gets a little time with your cute creatures in their costumes. For example, Dad goes to the school Halloween party and parade and Mom does the nighttime trick-or-treating.

Unfortunately, 2020 has put a wrench into everything, and your kids might not even be going to school in person. You may not have parties and parades. Your community may not be celebrating the holiday at all and trick-or-treating is discouraged or even banned. Halloween after divorce may be a non-issue and some divorced parents will welcome this easy out from having to share the holiday. Others will be saddened by missing out on the good stuff the year that they have their kids.

Settle on Alternative Activities

What divorced parents have been doing through the ages is finding ways to extend Halloween with their kids – costumes and Jack o’ lanterns and all – even if they don’t have their child in their presence on October 31. Haunted hayrides, visits to the pumpkin patch, and carving pumpkins the weekend before are all ways to capitalize on the season. You could even arrange a few early trick-or-treating visits to close neighbors or family members to experience the joy of it with your kids.

Agree on a COVID and Social Distancing Plan

Co-parents need to communicate with each other about how they plan to handle social distancing with the kids on Halloween. Will the trick-or-treaters be wearing masks as they march about the neighborhood? Are you staying home and having family-only activities? This year, you may have to get creative so you can still celebrate Halloween with your kids while not putting any of you at risk of contracting COVID-19. It’s important for parents to keep each other in the loop to avoid unnecessary stress or disagreements.

Ultimately, every holiday is about doing what’s best for the kids and working to maintain the traditions that are important to them – and developing new traditions when you need to. If you need help with your divorce, contact the family law attorneys at Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb, MI, to schedule a meeting.


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Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

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We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

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Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

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Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

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At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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