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Ah, yes. It’s that time of year again: October 31st – Halloween. When a family is intact, both parents are able to enjoy helping their children dress up in costumes, chaperone door-to-door trick-or-treating, and join in on the scary story telling.

When divorcing, however, many parents are frightened at the thought of missing this memorable holiday with their beloved children.  “Halloween, like Thanksgiving and the winter break holidays, is certainly an important holiday parents do not want to miss with their children,” explains Ann Edens, a partner with Iandoli & Edens.

Diane Vidal, an associate with Iandoli & Edens, states, “It is best to discuss Halloween at the time of the divorce or separation and divide the time in the best way possible.”  Although this may appear to be a gruesome task, parents who are able to refrain from the howling screams, but instead choose to communicate with one another, typically agree on a method that works for them and their children. A parenting time schedule may help divorcing or separating couples settle their differences. The best part? It doesn’t have to be a scary Nightmare. Alternating the holiday on even and odd years is an option or dividing the afternoon between the parents may also work. “Every family is different. What may work for the Jones’ may be a horrible idea for the Smith’s,” says Stefanie Gagliardi, an associate with Iandoli & Edens. So, put away the fangs and the pitchfork and rest assured that your decision to share Halloween equally will not haunt you in the future. Your children will love you more for it.

Feel free to contact one of our family law attorneys at (908) 879-9499 for a consultation to discuss your family law concerns.  Click onto www.iandoliedens.com for more information.

Please join us on November 13, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education for our seminar entitled “Separation & Divorce & Divorce Mediation, an Overview of Divorce and Information on Mediation.”

To learn more about this seminar or the Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education visit:  http://www.ssreg.com/morris

Pre-registration and fee are required by the Adult School. To register for this seminar please call the Morris Hills School of Adult and Continuing Education at (973) 664-2295.

There are special tax issues which pertain to couples who are seeking a separation or divorce.  The first issue is whether to file jointly or separately.  If filing separately, the question becomes who gets to claim the children, the deductions for the home mortgage interest, real estate property taxes, market losses, etc.  If seeking a final divorce, the issue becomes who will claim those deductions.  Additionally, while you are negotiating alimony, keep in mind that alimony is usually taxable income to the person who receives it and a deduction for the person who pays it.  If you are addressing any of these issues, be sure to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can assist you with these issues.  Contact Iandoli & Edens, LLC at (908) 879-9499.

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