No matter how necessary, divorce is, by nature, emotionally wrenching for all parties involved. Beyond the inherent conflict between separating spouses, this process may also lead to significant issues between other family members — including, most notably, divorcing parents and their children.

It’s possible to achieve a new normal, but far from easy. Reunification therapy may help, as we explain below:

What Is Reunification Therapy? How Does It Work?

Designed explicitly for separated families, reunification therapy aims to bridge the divide between parents and children, who may find their relationships strained due to the divorce process or ensuing issues produced through custody and parenting time arrangements. Although often delivered in a clinical setting, this effort can also take place in the home or in state-provided facilities.

Typically, the process begins with an intake session, which involves a thorough assessment of current communication styles and modalities. From there, therapists encourage family members to participate in carefully designed exercises or activities in an effort to build closer bonds and stronger communication skills. These activities may differ based on the age of the children or the current status of the relationship. In some cases, sessions emphasize game-like exercises, while others may focus on talk therapy.

Is Reunification Therapy Right For Your Family?

While reunification therapy can ease the emotional burden of divorce for many families, it is not a preferred solution in every situation. Typically, it works best when parents are engaged in the process. It’s not ideal for families in which a history of severe abuse or neglect exists — or when the parent is actively abusing drugs or alcohol.

As you focus on family matters, let the Brown Law Offices handle the legal aspects of your divorce. We can assist with everything from child support to custody. Contact us today to learn more about our family law services.

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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.