You’re excited to walk down the aisle and begin a new life with your sweetheart. You’re also, however, intent on protecting the legacy you’ve worked so hard to create. You may be the perfect candidate for a prenuptial agreement. This legal document provides valuable protection in the event of divorce. It does notmean that you expect your marriage to end. Instead, think of it as insurance — capable of granting you peace of mind even though you hope to never actually use it.

Creating And Amending a Prenuptial Agreement

In Minnesota — where prenups are officially known as antenuptial agreements — such contracts must be made in writing and executed while two witnesses are present. As its unofficial name implies, the prenuptial contract must be entered into and executed before witnesses prior to marriage.

No two prenuptial agreements look exactly alike. In general, however, these contracts tend to highlight the following considerations:

  • The rights partners have to property currently held as individuals or as a couple.
  • Whether either party is entitled to alimony in the event of divorce.
  • How marital property or debt would be divided during a future divorce.

In Minnesota, child support cannot be included in prenuptial agreements, as it by law belongs to the child and not the parent.

Regardless of which stipulations are included in the contract, it is only valid if both parties disclose all earnings and property. Additionally, both people should have the opportunity to meet with separate attorneys. Following marriage, prenuptial agreements can only be changed or revoked by completing official postnuptial contracts.

If you’re interested in pursuing a prenuptial agreement, don’t hesitate to seek legal support. The team at the Brown Law Offices can help — contact us today to learn more about pre and postnuptial contracts.

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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, Mankato 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, Mankato 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