Child custody and visitation aside, divorce is primarily a financial affair. How you proceed in the first few weeks after filing could determine whether you emerge from the process in one piece — or with a whole lot of stress and not so much money. As you move forward with your divorce, set aside a little time for these key financial projects:

Gather Financial Records

The more financial information you can obtain, the better. Your attorney needs to understand the complicated reality of your financial situation — and such understanding is not possible if you lack documentation. Set aside plenty of time to unearth bills, IRS records, pay stubs, and any other information that could be deemed pertinent.

Develop a New Budget

Whether you were previously responsible for finances or left budgetary concerns to your spouse, it’s time to take control of your own affairs. Begin by drawing up a budget that takes your new lifestyle into account. Determine how much you’ll spend on housing, food, transportation, and other concerns going forward. Not only will this set you up for a more comfortable way of life in the immediate future, it could prove helpful down the road as you negotiate property division and spousal maintenance.

Update Key Documents

From car titles to credit cards and bank statements, a variety of documents will require your prompt attention as soon as you decide to divorce. Begin by opening a brand new bank account exclusively in your name. Next, take a closer look at:

  • Beneficiaries for life insurance and retirement accounts
  • Authorized users on credit cards
  • House and car titles
  • Wills and powers of attorney

If you’re struggling with the financial implications of your divorce, don’t hesitate to seek support from the Brown Law Offices. Our trusted team of family attorneys can assist you with every aspect of spousal maintenance, child support, and property division. Reach out to learn more about our divorce services.

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Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served…

Cynthia Brown is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is an honors graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. Cynthia was admitted to practice in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Cynthia served as the law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Upon completing her clerkship, Cynthia practiced with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003.

Cynthia has handled a wide variety of family law matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child protective services, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. Many of her clients have also asked her to provide guidance concerning their estate planning needs.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor, public defender and criminal investigator. In addition to her family practice, Cynthia routinely represents clients facing criminal charges such as DWI, assault, theft and criminal sexual misconduct.

Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation, which provided educational, health and financial resources to underprivileged Guatemalan citizens. Her interest in serving the impoverished began with a medical mission trip to Honduras in 1994.

When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, ATV riding and spending time with family.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Protective Services
  • Restraining Orders
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Bar Admission
  • Minnesota State Bar, 1998
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 1998
  • University of South Dakota, 1995
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Panel Attorney, Anoka County County Family Law Clinic
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper
  • Author, Family Law Forum
  • Author, Divorce Magazine