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Can a parenting plan address gun safety?

In states such as Texas, many people own guns, and many children grow up being smart and respectful users of firearms. However, not all divorcing parents agree on gun safety issues.

Fortunately, a parenting plan may be able to address your concerns in this area. 

Generally, you cannot say no to guns

If your issue is that you do not want your ex to have a gun in the house, there may not be much you can do. Absent a circumstance such as proven violence or a felony conviction, and only in some cases, a judge is likely to rule to allow your ex to keep guns in the residence when the children are present.

However, if your child has a history of suicide attempts or a mood disorder, your ex might be more amenable to a line of reasoning that it could be harmful to your child to have a gun in the house. Mediation can be useful in such situations.

Parenting plan ideas

Parenting plans as they pertain to gun safety can include sections on the handling of firearms and ammunition. For example, if you are concerned that your ex would leave the gun safe unlocked, you can ask that the parenting plan include a section detailing the safety procedures your ex should take when the children are in his home.

Plans can include information on when and where the children might be allowed to handle guns, as some children hunt or take shooting classes. Trigger locks can be another protective option. If guns will also be in the car, you may want your parenting plan to cover that aspect as well.

Even when both parents own guns and keep them in the house, it is a good idea for parenting plans to cover these topics. Discussing the matter reinforces good safety principles and ensures that the parents are on the same page.

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