Traumatic situations always seem to converge at the worst times. This is certainly your reality if you are simultaneously dealing with divorce and health issues. Both are tough to handle in the best of circumstances; together, they can make you feel hopeless about your future. No matter how terrible you feel at the moment, however, you canget through this. Read on to learn how:

Seek New Sources of Emotional Support

At one time, you turned to your spouse for support as you dealt with the emotional turmoil of your illness. If your ex has previously been your sole source of emotional solace, you may now feel tempted to stew on your own. This will only make matters worse.

Reaching out is difficult, but ultimately, worthwhile. Seek support from close friends, family members, or a therapist. Their unwavering support could make all the difference at this difficult time.

Continue to Follow Your Doctor’s Directions

In the midst of divorce, it’s easy to neglect both your physical and mental health. You may be occupied by attorney consults and court procedures, but you’ll want to set aside time for medical appointments and self-care. Take prescribed medications, maintain a healthy diet, and try your best to get sufficient sleep. These efforts will keep you healthy — and sane — as you navigate the divorce process.

Keep Your Lawyer in the Loop

Some clients neglect to disclose their health status to their lawyers, as they assume their medical woes have little to do with their legal situation. In reality, however, your health care concerns can play a considerable role in your divorce. Alimony, child support, and parenting time may all be impacted by your illness; let your attorney in on your concerns early on to ensure the best possible outcome.

The Brown Law Offices can provide much-needed support as you deal with difficult life circumstances. Contact us today to learn more about our compassionate approach to family matters.

Photo of Cynthia J. Brown Cynthia J. Brown

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting…

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting matters settled fairly and cost-effectively. We’re certainly ready to litigate, but favor empowering clients to control the outcome of their case.”

Cynthia is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. She publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues.

Cynthia Brown 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 family law with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., in 2003.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor and public defender. In the last decade, however, Cynthia’s practice has focused primarily on family law. She has handled a wide variety of matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, paternity, step-parent adoption, harassment and grandparent rights.

Cynthia publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues. She is a contributing author to the Family Law Forum, the quarterly publication of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Cynthia also writes a bi-monthly family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper, and monthly articles for Divorce Magazine.

Cynthia obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and her Juris Doctorate from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

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, beading and spending time with family. She and her husband, Jason, also an attorney, have two children.