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Can your TV and other items in the home harm your child?

A few weeks ago, a tragedy at a Payless ShoeSource claimed the life of a toddler. You may have heard about the well-publicized story, in which a wall mirror fell on top of the girl when she was shopping with her mother; she later died of her injuries. Investigators determined the company had not ensured proper mounting of the mirror on the wall. You and other Wisconsin parents are very cautious about keeping your homes safe for your young children, but there are some common dangers that you may not be aware of.

When you childproofed your home, you probably blocked unused electrical outlets and put locks on cabinet doors that contained harmful objects. While these are certainly effective and responsible safety measures, you might have missed other hazards. Did you know, for example, that a child is seen in a U.S. hospital every 45 minutes due to a television set falling on top of him or her? It may be easy to think that modern flat-screen TVs are not dangerous, but they are heavy, and a child can easily topple one if you do not properly secure it. Safety authorities recommend that parents secure their televisions to the wall with strong brackets or position them on cabinets that a child cannot pull over, out of reach.

3 challenges in high-asset divorces

People with a high net worth who are facing a divorce should proceed with caution. Individuals in this situation often face specific challenges that require assistance from an attorney with experience handling cases of this nature.

Here are three common challenges regarding high-asset divorces. Awareness of these challenges can help couples to better understand a few of the major issues at stake as they evaluate how to move forward.

Can kids bully others with food allergies?

As you know, it can be life-threatening if your child has an allergy to certain types of food. Other adults and children should also understand this important fact, but food allergy bullying is not often recognized in schools. You and other Wisconsin parents who have kids with allergies need to know about this dangerous form of bullying.

Children might think it is funny to deliberately expose their classmates to something they are allergic to, but this behavior is neither funny nor acceptable. According to, about one-third of children with food allergies have reported being bullied at some point by their peers or adults who should know better. Your child might experience the following types of food allergy bullying:

  • A classmate might rub an allergen, such as peanut butter, onto a surface that your child makes frequent contact with, like a keyboard or desktop.
  • During lunch, a student might shove an allergen into your child’s face or dare him or her to take a bite.
  • A child might deliberately bring a treat to share with the class that includes ingredients your child is allergic to.

Are you scared to ask for a divorce?

If you want a divorce but are scared to ask for one, know that you are far from alone. Many men and women wake up every day with the mixed emotions of fear and wanting to be free. Fear is a protective instinct, a survival mechanism, so of course it tends to win out.

There are plenty of reasons that the prospect of divorce is scary. Perhaps you are afraid your family and friends will judge you, especially if you made serious mistakes or if your marriage always seemed perfect. Maybe asking for divorce means a difficult, painful conversation with your spouse, and putting it off is easier. It could be that children are in the picture, and you are afraid of upsetting their lives or of getting to see them less. Finances or domestic violence might be an issue too. It is no fun keeping quiet about wanting a divorce because you are afraid your partner might take it out on you physically. So, what can you do when you are scared to ask for a divorce?

3 ways to prepare for a new year divorce

January is a popular time to get a divorce. This is because the new year is a time of new chances and leaving bad things behind. If your marriage is going through some trouble and you are considering getting a divorce in the new year, you are not alone. According to Forbes, many people get a divorce in January for fresh starts after the holidays

But you should not jump right into it without doing some careful thinking and preparation. If you make a reactionary decision before you are actually ready, the divorce could be particularly troubling and toxic. Here are some steps you should take to get ready for a divorce in the new year.

What's the Difference Between Custody and Placement?

Child custody and placement are probably terms that you've heard if you are in the midst of a family law action. It's important to know the distinction. Do you know the difference?

Consider this before you ask for a divorce this holiday season

Many people in the Appleton area think the holiday season is the perfect time for families to get together to celebrate their love for each other. But for some couples, it brings about thoughts of separation and divorce. Not all relationships end in death. Many of them end in separation and divorce court. 

As you get ready to spend time with your friends and relatives this holiday season, take some time to consider the following ways to minimize the stress and frustration you may feel, especially if you are going to be around your spouse. After all, you do not want to create any unnecessary drama that puts a damper on the festivities. 

Wisconsin’s snowmobile accident causes and statistics

Snowmobile season is never far off in Wisconsin, and if you are a fan of the popular winter activity, you may well be prepping for the fun that lies ahead. As much as snowmobiling can be an enjoyable activity, however, it is also an inherently dangerous one. Just as motorcycle riders face certain hazards due to their level of exposure and the fact that little exists to protect them from the roadway, snowmobile riders, too, face these dangers.

Understanding the common factors in many Wisconsin snowmobile accidents may help you maintain safe riding practices, and it may also help you increase your own awareness when sharing trails with other riders who may not be doing the same.

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