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Keeping Your Children “SAFE” (National Safe Day)

In Uncategorized by Elizabeth Stephenson

On June 4, 2013, 13-year-old Brooklynn Mae Mohler was playing at a friend’s house. Unbeknownst to Brooklynn, this friend had obtained her father’s gun from an unlocked kitchen cabinet. She pointed it at Brooklynn’s back, pulled the trigger, and fired a single bullet. This 13-year-old girl died senselessly as a result of this child’s access to an unsecured weapon.. To make sense of this horror, Brooklynn’s parents started the Brooklynn Mae Mohler Foundation (“Justice for Brooklynn”), which advocates for responsible gun ownership. In memory of their daughter, they also initiated National SAFE Day on June 4 to mark their daughter’s death. “SAFE” is an acronym for: S– Secure all firearms in the home A – Ask the question about unsecured firearms in the homes your child visits F – Frequently …

Having a Safe Holiday Season

In Child Custody, Domestic Violence by Elizabeth Stephenson

  New Direction Family Law wishes you the happiest of holidays. This season, we hope that you have the opportunity to spend time with loved ones and to genuinely reflect on your life, love, and loss over the past year. That’s all any of us really want: holidays full of joy and forever memories. Unfortunately, holidays can also truly be incredibly lonely times for some people. When it comes to separation, divorce, and child custody, holidays can be emotionally charged times of bad decisions, conflict, and volatility. It is therefore important to take steps to make sure that you have a safe and emotionally healthy holiday season. Step 1: Addressing Danger First and foremost, if there is a history of domestic violence or child abuse, and you believe that you or …