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Parenting time difficulties at Halloween, revisited

A few weeks ago, we posted on some of the difficulties that divorced and separated parents may encounter when Halloween comes around. Essentially, disputes may arise when both parents want to take the child trick-or-treating in their respective neighborhood. With Halloween coming this Friday, we thought it prudent to reiterate the messages that can help in resolving disputes.

In many cases, it could be fairly easy to resolve these problems. For instance, parents can compromise and have Friday afternoon for a Halloween party or event with one parent, while trick-or-treating later in the evening may be with the other parent. 

However, some parents may be completely opposed to children participating in these festivities because of religious reasons. This is a difficult situation because while a parent’s religious rights are important, they are not so powerful that they can prevent another parent from allowing the child to go trick-or-treating against the other parent’s wishes.

Further, family court judges may be reluctant to broach the issue of religious freedoms when one parent complains that his or her religion is not being respected if the child is allowed to participate in festivities that they don’t agree with.  This is where the rights afforded through legal custody in the state of Oklahoma are important. A parent who has legal custody can make such a decision when the child is in their care.

We hope that our readers do not encounter these issues during Halloween, but if you have questions about how to resolve future parenting time issues, an experienced family law attorney can help. 

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