For many couples, divorce is both a legal and a religious matter. Faith can guide whether or not couples get divorced in the first place — and how divorce proceedings ultimately play out. In our blog series on religious divorce, we’ll examine the interplay of civil and faith-based divorces.

When Divorce Is Not Allowed

Some religious groups regard all divorces — through the state, in the church, or otherwise — as illegitimate. In the Roman Catholic Church, for example, a properly officiated marriage is regarded as eternal. Divorces are therefore not recognized, even if they’re legally obtained. Under select circumstances, however, couples may be granted annulments.

While some religions clearly frown on divorce, adherents may pursue civil dissolution in spite of their convictions. These couples may not be divorced in the eyes of their faith, but their civil arrangements remain legally valid.

Perceptions of Divorce

Some faiths see a clear divide between how divorce is supposed to play out (or not) and how it is perceived by the public. For example, research indicates that, while conservative protestants frown on divorce, they are also more likely to divorce than those involved with other Christian denominations. The reverse can also occur; those who take a more neutral approach to divorce sometimes see surprisingly low divorce rates. For example, while Buddhism places no restrictions on divorce, data from the Pew Research Center suggests that just 10 percent of American Buddhists are divorced.

As you deal with the religious implications of your divorce, let the compassionate team at the Brown Law Offices handle your most pressing legal concerns. Call today to learn more about our empathetic approach to family law.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated, with honors, from Mankato State University, Mankato in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated, with honors, from Mankato State University, Mankato in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper