We’re often asked how much it will cost to get divorced. The answer varies widely, as the time dedicated to your file correlates directly with the total expense. If your matter is resolved with little controversy, it will cost less (a lot less) than a divorce requiring a trial.

Here are a few tips help you keep costs down:

  • Read and understand your retainer. Many law offices charge a minimum time of 15 minutes no matter how long the task takes. If you call and speak to your attorney for 3 minutes, you will be billed for 15 minutes. We have real time billing, meaning you only pay for the exact time we spend on your file.
  • Many clients make the mistake and shop for an attorney by hourly rate alone. While you may pay more per hour for a seasoned attorney, you can expect they will have more to offer you. A lawyer with experience can give you more legal options, move your case more efficiently, and know how to navigate through difficult procedural postures. On the other hand, a less expensive lawyer may take twice as long and not achieve the same results.
  • Make sure to do your homework. When you come into our office, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. This tells us necessary information we need to analyze your case and draft pleadings. Take the time to do this. The more information you can give us, the better.
  • Make sure the law office has a team of professionals working for you. You want to make sure the law office you choose employs legal assistants, paralegals, and attorneys to assist you on your case. This ensures that you will not be overpaying for less complicated tasks to be performed. Our office takes a team approach to every file.
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Photo of Cynthia J. Brown Cynthia J. Brown

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 Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child protective services, orders for protection and harassment restraining orders.

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.

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