Divorce is difficult enough as is, but what if you’re not entirely healthy as you undertake this emotional process? Unfortunately, your physical ailments can have a detrimental impact on your emotional status — and vice versa. Both physical and mental health concerns amplify the inherent challenges of divorce. Keep the following in mind as you prepare to deal with these simultaneous hurdles:

Consider Mediation Or Collaboration

Litigation can take a toll, both in terms of finances and mental health. While it’s often the only viable option in contentious cases, it’s possible that at least some aspects of your divorce can be settled under a less combative approach. Mediation tends to take less time — a worthy consideration if you’re consumed in treatments or are physically unable to endure long court visits. Conversely, however, as the spouse in a likely position of reduced power, you could be taken advantage of in mediation.

Collaboration may be a viable alternative. This approach allows you to retain assertive representation from a legal authority while also coming to a working arrangement outside of court.

Make Plans For Health Insurance Coverage

As you maintain a full treatment schedule, don’t forget to plan for your financial future. How will you handle the cost of healthcare after your divorce? Thankfully, it’s possible to cover ongoing healthcare expenses in the short-term. The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) allows you to retain coverage under your spouse for up to 36 months. However, COBRA coverage could be terminated if your employer offers health insurance. Even if your coverage remains current, you’ll want to develop a long-term plan for your medical expenses.

As a chronically ill individual seeking divorce, you need all of the support you can get. Look to the Brown Law Offices for compassionate counsel. You’ll be glad to have a kindhearted and empathetic attorney on your side.

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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.