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Brown Law Office
June 16, 2016

All About Minnesota’s Child in Need of Protective Services (CHIPS) Program

Minnesota’s Children in Need of Protection or Services program (CHIPS) protects children’s welfare, safety and health. Kids might be placed in CHIPS for numerous reasons, such as neglect, abuse, habitual running away or truancy. The state generally attempts to keep children with their biological parents but does place them in foster care if needed.

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Brown Law Office
June 2, 2016

Eight Signs That Your Ex Might Be Brainwashing Your Children (Parental Alienation)

Perhaps your previously happy-go-lucky children have now become withdrawn and even hostile towards you following your divorce. You might also notice that they seem more agitated after spending time with your former spouse. Could your kids be suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), a condition in which a brainwashed child acts out toward a targeted parent? Here are eight common indicators of PAS.

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Brown Law Office
May 1, 2016

A Short Primer on Assisted Reproduction Options in Minnesota

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, about 6 percent of married women between 15 and 44 struggle with infertility. These women cannot become pregnant after 12 months of unprotected sex. They might seek other alternatives, such as assisted reproduction. If you have decided to pursue assisted reproduction options, either by yourself or with a partner, this brief overview can help you make informed decisions.

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Brown Law Office
November 24, 2015

Five Misconceptions About How Adoption Works in Minnesota

The possibility of expanding your family through adoption is exciting, scary, joyful and confusing all at once. When people imagine adopting a young baby or older child, though, they sometimes labor under mistaken ideas about what is actually involved and how adoption works in Minnesota. We wanted to set the record straight.

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Brown Law Office
November 4, 2015

Cynthia Brown Speaks on Minnesota Custody Amendments

In May of 2015, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed new custody and parenting time legislation into law. The new “best interest standard” is accompanied by a revised framework for judges to apply the relevant factors. Cynthia Brown recently offered her thoughts on the amended statute to the Tenth Judicial District law clerks.  

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