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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“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and…

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and to us. We take pride in helping people move forward with their lives.”

Jason founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. He has received national media attention for his work in the area of divorce and family law.

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced trial lawyer, who handled a wide variety of cases (including civil commitment, criminal defense, probate, personal injury and commercial litigation) early in his career.

Today, Jason’s practice is dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He 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.

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.

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 obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

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.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.