Divorce never occurs in a funnel. The process impacts those you love, including your parents, siblings, and close friends. Children, in particular, can be negatively affected by divorce, which may throw every element of the lives they’ve always known into upheaval. Despite this, it’s possible for kids to emerge emotionally unscathed — and to even enjoy a better quality of life. Here’s how:

Develop And Maintain a Routine

The chaos of divorce can prompt significant anxiety among otherwise well-adjusted children. The more routine you can build into their lives during this difficult time, the better. Begin by determining where and with whom your children will stay during the week — and who will handle their care during mediation sessions or court visits.

Resist the Urge to Badmouth Your Ex

Like it or not, your ex will almost assuredly remain part of your life after divorce. Barring abuse or neglect, it is almost always in a child’s best interest to maintain strong relationships with both parents. This can be difficult to accomplish if you are constantly complaining about your ex in front of your kids. When in doubt, keep it civil.

Let Them Express Their Feelings

During your divorce, your children may experience a range of uncomfortable or downright distressing emotions. It is not healthy for these feelings to remain pent up. Encourage them to be honest about their feelings, even when it’s difficult. If they struggle to speak with you or your ex, consider turning to a therapist for further support.

The approach your family lawyer employs during the divorce process can have a dramatic impact on how the ordeal ultimately impacts your children. Compassionate legal service is essential — and it’s exactly what you’ll find at the Brown Law Offices. Reach out today to learn more about our empathetic approach.

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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 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 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