There are all sorts of challenges that can arise during a dispute over child custody or after an arrangement is already in place. From strong emotions to extreme stress levels and concerns about a child’s well-being and a parent’s ability to maintain a close bond with the child, to say that custody issues can be hard is an understatement. We also know that there are certain times of year, such as Halloween and other holidays, when custody matters can be even more difficult for parents and their children to deal with. If you recently experienced any of these hardships on Halloween, whether you were unable to go trick-or-treating with your child or struggled with confusion involving your child’s other parent, you should look into preventing these complications from arising in the future.

Halloween can be disrupted by custody matters in many ways. Whether children feel stressed out or depressed as a result of their parents’ custody dispute, a parent is upset because they cannot spend time with a child on the holiday, or parents who have shared custody have difficulty deciding who will go trick-or-treating with the child, this holiday and other celebrations can present challenges. However, parents should always keep their child’s best interests in mind at all times and try to prevent any of these issues from arising during future holiday celebrations, at least to the best of their ability.

Custody can be tricky to navigate but many parents have benefited from carefully assessing their options. Our custody and visitation page has more on custody disputes and similar topics.